July 2009 Archives

July 31

In Search of Ancient Astronaut Pix

In Search Of..... an illustration of an 'ancient astronaut' from one of Erich Von Daniken's early books. [more inside]
posted by maryh at 11:21 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I find someone willing to let me, an amateur, design a website for them for practice?

How can I find someone willing to let me, an amateur, design a website for them for practice? [more inside]
posted by oracle bone at 9:50 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I find the motivation to leave the house?

Long-term cabin fever, please help me get out of the house. [more inside]
posted by Danila at 8:39 PM PST - 17 comments

Popsicle mold in Toronto?

Where in Toronto (or failing that, online) can I buy a popsicle/ice pop mold? You'd think they'd be everywhere, but I can't find one. [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs at 8:39 PM PST - 13 comments

Pregnant nanny.

Our nanny, who is otherwise *perfect*, just informed us that she is pregnant. She would like to continue working through the pregnancy and after her child is born. Is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:31 PM PST - 37 comments

Why internet slow

Frequently, web pages time out and won't load--why is this happening? [more inside]
posted by Citizen Premier at 7:56 PM PST - 11 comments

Greece [Athens/Ios] - what should I absolutely do or see?

So I'm heading to the island of Ios with friends in late august. Our plans mostly involve drinking and beaches, but I'm wondering what I should check out before/after the island, in Athens or otherwise on the mainland. Bonus points for interesting things that aren't complete tourist traps, of course - I'm naturally going to go see the Acropolis, and am resigned to the multi-hour line-up for it, but would rather avoid such for anything else. Also I'm going through the Pimsleur Greek course, so Greek-only attractions will (hopefully) be fine by the time I get there.

And, naturally, I'd be pretty psyched to meet any MeFi people on Ios or the mainland. I promise I'm not crazy!
posted by pahalial at 7:22 PM PST - 6 comments

My PSU gonna esplode?!?!!11one

My computer's PSU is rattling, is that a major problem or just an annoyance? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 6:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Starter acoustic guitar/learning to play guitar recs

I need to learn how to play guitar. I'd like to start on an acoustic so I won't have to lug an amp around all the time. What type of acoustic should I start off with and what is the best way to learn? Websites? Lessons? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 5:50 PM PST - 30 comments

What is the best time to eat, nap, exercise and take caffeine when I have to stay up until 2:30 AM?

What is the best time to eat, nap, exercise and take caffeine when I have to stay up until 2:30 AM and want to be as alert and productive as possible during the evening? My alarm goes off at 9AM so napping is almost a must. [more inside]
posted by dinkyday at 5:14 PM PST - 9 comments

New Orleans jog / walk trails & a hair saloon

New Orleans: looking for a hair saloon, places to jog, places to walk. [more inside]
posted by dog food sugar at 4:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Quilting for Lazy Non-Quilters

Are there services to assemble your quilt squares for you? In other words, can I pay someone to make a quilt out of a bunch of decorated squares of fabric that I provide? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 4:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Meeting a crazy ex?

Should I meet my crazy ex boyfriend, one that was a huge emotional disaster? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:40 PM PST - 54 comments

Help me help his penis (and my sex life)

How can I tactfully tell my boyfriend that I think he has phimosis, which I feel is the main cause of his erection problems? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:40 PM PST - 20 comments

The science of smiling and the sound of the voice

I read this great study (I think it was Psychological in origin) some many months ago about research showing that people can reliably tell if you are smiling over the telephone. Does anyone know from who or where this came?
posted by tybeet at 4:36 PM PST - 3 comments

White Hat Avatar?

Regarding the term: "white hat avatar." I'm embarrassed to ask, but what does this mean?
posted by Mr Chips at 4:35 PM PST - 3 comments

A question about Robocop 2. Really.

Robocop 2, for those of you who've missed this *ahem* masterpiece, involved a drug called Nuke. I need to know the name of the capsules the drug came in. [more inside]
posted by mgrichmond at 4:33 PM PST - 6 comments

How do you find freelance work?

How do you find freelance work? [more inside]
posted by barc0001 at 4:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Hearing aid help

What resources are available for financial assistance for hearing aids? [more inside]
posted by dilettante at 3:58 PM PST - 5 comments

M seeking shirts; inquire within.

I'm a male looking for a button-down shirt available in different, solid colors that's wrinkle-free (no ironing) and has no shirt pocket. I need a modern/athletic fit. Looking for both long-sleeve and short-sleeve. (A good example is this, but it's not wrinkle-free.)
posted by reductiondesign at 3:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Governator in Better Days

I'm looking for a B&W 70s picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger in a tuxedo with a large buck-toothed grin and bad hair backstage after winning an award (for, I assume, Stay Hungry in 1977). [more inside]
posted by benzenedream at 3:02 PM PST - 3 comments

What's the PIT like at a rock concert in Camden, NJ? (Susquehanna Bank Center)

Will I like PIT area tickets for a rock concert at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ? [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly at 2:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Google Apps calendar and gmail.com calendar: can they get along?

How do I work with both my Google Apps Calendar and my Gmail calendar? Bonus points: on a G1/Android phone. [more inside]
posted by zippy at 2:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Need to de-stress quick

I need to relax. Badly. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 2:24 PM PST - 43 comments

What books resemble Meatball wiki/Wikipedia policies?

What books on community organizing most closely resemble Meatball Wiki and/or Wikipedia's policies and guidelines?
posted by PandemicSoul at 2:09 PM PST - 0 comments

Help me remember a story about a many making lots of money dry cleaning.

Recently I read a story that went along the lines of a man who offered to do a company's dry cleaning for $10, which they paid. Then the next week he charged $20 and they paid. Eventually he was charging loads for their dry cleaning. I can't for the life of me recall who the company was or where I even read about it. Does anyone have any info or perhaps recall reading the same story recently?
posted by Hates_ at 2:07 PM PST - 7 comments

What computer games feature the offices of the game developer inside the game?

What computer games feature the offices of the game developer inside the game? [more inside]
posted by dbarefoot at 1:48 PM PST - 26 comments

How to keep off the HOA's lawn?

Advice for renting a townhouse that's part of a HOA? [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb at 1:30 PM PST - 5 comments


I may buy a new 40-50" LCD HDTV soon, and want to be able to EASILY stream media wirelessly from my macbook to it - it will also be plugged into my Comcast DVR. Ideally, I think a TV with UPnP would work best, negating any need for an AppleTV or other similar device; a few seem to be made, but I can't find a list anywhere - any ideas where I'd find such a directory?
posted by luriete at 1:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Longer periods between nursing/pumping sessions?

Breastfeeding filter: I'm breastfeeding a 5 month old, and pumping at work full time. Is it ok to sometimes go 4-5 hours, maybe 6 without pumping or nursing? [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody at 1:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Lead testing next steps

My wife and I recently had some lead testing done in our apartment which turned up some very high levels. Now we are trying to figure out what to do next. Issues involving lead testing, abatement, leases and tenancy inside. [more inside]
posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld at 12:59 PM PST - 12 comments

How to label pictures before putting into albums?

How do I label pictures I'm putting into albums? [more inside]
posted by gtr at 12:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Losing a contact (and not in the "fall out of your eye onto the carpet" way)

On a mac, in the address book program, is there any way to sort contacts or have a group, that shows the contacts that have been most recently created? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 12:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Massage Therapy Q & A

What's that weird feeling when you get a relaxing massage? No really? Medically? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 12:20 PM PST - 8 comments

What is the laptop of manual typewriters?

Are there manual portable typewriter that can fit in my bag for nomadic letter writing? The brands that seem available seem so unwieldy that I could not see carrying them around. [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation at 11:47 AM PST - 16 comments


Are there any animals in the Ottawa (Canada) area likely to be harmed by flushable cat litter?
posted by Jairus at 11:41 AM PST - 3 comments

What really happens if you skip jury duty?

What really happens if you skip jury duty? [more inside]
posted by nooneyouknow at 11:30 AM PST - 22 comments

Lean and Mean

Help a skinny guy shape up! more after the jump! [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 11:26 AM PST - 24 comments

Chicago to New York for cheap with a week of notice?

Please help me find the cheapest way to get from Chicago to New York late next week! [more inside]
posted by jordanlewis at 11:26 AM PST - 7 comments

Stop my cats bringing home takeout dinners

My cats have started bringing wildlife in again and it's, frankly, a health hazard. I'd love to try and implement something like Flo Control to bar the little sods if they've brought takeaway but otherwise let them wander in and out freely. I want suggestions on off the shelf products I could buy and/or hints on how to do it myself... [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 11:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Is there such a thing as a urine-resistant sofa?

Is there such a thing as a good looking, comfortable, urine-resistant sofa? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:13 AM PST - 19 comments

Batch cooking chicken breasts?

Best ways to cook large number of boneless chicken breasts at one time? [more inside]
posted by evening at 11:02 AM PST - 15 comments

Oh, so that's why I've been sweeping up so many leaves lately.

How do I save my house plants from a sudden pest infestation? [more inside]
posted by pemberkins at 10:16 AM PST - 6 comments

One Battery, Multiple Tools

One battery, multiple tools: for what line of power tools did I see a commercial that featured one battery that you could switch out between the tools? [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 10:14 AM PST - 12 comments

High school honors

Is there any way to prove someone was awarded/received a high school honor such as induction into the National Honor Society or being a National Merit Scholarship finalist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:13 AM PST - 13 comments

money for nothing

How can I contest a fixit ticket and not pay $500? [more inside]
posted by 12%juicepulp at 10:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Exciting recipes for the newly vegetarian?

We are dipping our toes into vegetarianism. What recipes make you excited to be vegetarian? Bonus points for grill & crockpot options. [more inside]
posted by activitystory at 10:06 AM PST - 48 comments

Suggestions for a lightweight, portable, decent sounding bass rig?

Help me defy the laws of physics and make a decent bass sound with a tiny box. [more inside]
posted by quarterframer at 10:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Back walk massage in Tokyo?

I've got a bad back and neck from playing piano and double-bass a large part of my life, and lately working a lot at the computer. Since I'm in Tokyo for another couple of days or so, I thought I'd ask around for the absolute best massage in town, that also won't break the bank. (It's a pretty sizable traveler's bank, but I'm not rich.) I've seen the (in?)famous massage where a woman (men are too heavy me guess) walks on the back and cracks the joints. Is that something recommended? Looks darn cool! :)
posted by avocade at 9:03 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I enable print layout when opening attached .docs in Outlook 2003?

Outlook 2003 user here-- is there a way to open .doc attachments in print layout, instead of (what I consider useless) reading layout?
posted by stevedee at 8:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Do I need a formatl certification to break into the technical writing field?

Technical Writing -- Can I break into it without a degree/certification? and how? [more inside]
posted by unlucky.lisp at 8:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Mystery male organ pains (NSFW)

Mystery male organ pains (NSFW). Doctors I've seen before couldn't figure out the cause. What could it be and who should I see about this in Montreal, Quebec? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Blow-up-doll retailer in NYC?

Last-minute bachelor's party shopping in downtown Manhattan: looking for stores that sell cheap inflatable ladies (decorative, plentiful). [more inside]
posted by micturator at 8:28 AM PST - 6 comments

how can get myself to go "all in" in my relationship?

I am living in limbo in my relationship, not fully commiting or making efforts to make it better, but too scared to end it too. If I decide to go "all in" what sort of things should I do to make this relationship work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:16 AM PST - 16 comments

What does a qualitative dissertation look like for a quantitative grad student?

Defended the MA, it's on its way to being published. Great! Dissertation chair wants me to continue with the project, adding a qualitative/comparative component. Uh oh. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:15 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I put screens on loft windows?

I just moved into an amazing raw industrial loft in Downtown Los Angeles. It has rotating warehouse style windows with no screens, and I'm being eaten alive by bugs. Any ideas about how to put screens on these windows or any not-too-costly alternate solutions? (Here's a picture.) I did a Google search, but can't find the formal name for this type of window, so I'm coming up empty.
posted by ljshapiro at 8:12 AM PST - 18 comments

Where to buy electronic gift card?

Thank you filter: What are some good ways you can easily send a gift card to a co-worker? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 8:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Fellowship Finance

I recently started graduate school supported by a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellowship and I just received my first paycheck--without any taxes taken out of it. Am I exempt from paying tax (state and federal) on my fellowship stipend because it's from the government? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani at 7:52 AM PST - 14 comments

Who in Boston can help me figure out how shoes should fit?

Is there anyone in the Boston area who can help a girl with shoe fitting and shopping? I'm tired of getting blisters all the time and feeling like not even my sneakers are the right fit. I want to get advice on how shoes should fit my feet and what to look for when shopping. [more inside]
posted by cadge at 7:44 AM PST - 10 comments

Firefox Restore Sesson Fail

Since upgrading to the latest Firefox (3.51?) the Session Restore feature which restores windows, tabs has NEVER worked. I get a white screen which says how embarrassing it is my previous session can't be restored. I'd just like to start every session as a new one, it would save a lot of time, but can't figure out how to avoid the restore function. The Mozilla/Firefox support site is so dense and discombobulated I can't find anything helpful there. Any suggestions?
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 7:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Finding a customs broker

How do you go about finding and choosing a customs broker? [more inside]
posted by Quinbus Flestrin at 7:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Seeking Denmark Bike Tour Routes

I'll be in Copenhagen for 10 days towards the end of August. I'd like to spend 3 or 4 days on a bicycle riding around outside the countryside. I'm not sure how to plan (do I need to plan?) the logistics for such an adventure. [more inside]
posted by steinwald at 7:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Shoegaze: Can anyone find these men's shoes (or something similar)?

Shoegaze: Can anyone find these men's shoes? [more inside]
posted by That takes balls. at 7:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Give me my money back

I just got my car from the impound, but I want to figure out a way to get my money back from the city (Jersey City,NJ). I don't think it should have been towed. [more inside]
posted by scrutiny at 7:10 AM PST - 14 comments

Need to buy birdhouse in NYC, stat!

As my mom's birthday's coming up, I need to purchase a birdhouse in NYC today. I would like a wooden one that's mounted on the side of the tree. Cedar is preferable. Any ideas where I could get one?
posted by bergeycm at 6:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Things to do in Montreal

Things to do in Montreal and vicinity, next week? [more inside]
posted by fourcheesemac at 6:28 AM PST - 11 comments

cartoon hero names A-Z suitable for monkeys

I work in a lab with rhesus monkeys. They need names. For reasons of historical precedent and notational convenience, lab animals are usually named alphabetically, from A ("Abe") until you run out of monkeys. For reasons of awesomeness, we're naming our monkeys after spunky cartoon characters. So, please help me come up with the best comic/cartoon/superhero names for each letter of the alphabet. [more inside]
posted by miagaille at 6:24 AM PST - 55 comments

What can I expect from this bike race?

I'm participating in The Top Notch Triathlon tomorrow in Franconia, NH. I've never done an sort of competitive event like this. What can I expect, and are there any essential tips that I should know about? [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds at 6:10 AM PST - 6 comments

How to search through your own Facebook profile?

Is it possible to search through your own Facebook profile? After having used Facebook for about two years now, I'm wondering: How am I supposed to find e. g. a posted link from a year ago? Sure, I could scroll down my profile and always click on "show older posts" but this is really not the way it should work, should it? Maybe I'm just completely ignorant, but could someone please point out, how you are able to search through the posted contents within your own profile? Thanks, Bjoern
posted by Isdaron at 6:07 AM PST - 10 comments


How can I get my mother from Pearson (Toronto) airport area to Barrie, Ontario on a Saturday? Two catches -- neither of us drives, and she's not actually flying in or out of the airport. [more inside]
posted by aclevername at 6:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Cheap "Dry Box" For Camera Gear?

Are there cheap alternatives for the large and elaborate "dry boxes" I see listed for use as dehumidified storage cabinets for lenses and other camera gear? I've built up a little collection, live where the summer humidity is often high, and do not run my AC 24/7. My first thought is that this is basically an airtight box with a bunch of dessicant inside. Can't really be that simple, though.
posted by justcorbly at 5:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Resources for novice cartographer

What are some good resources for making my own maps? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 5:35 AM PST - 10 comments

Where should I live in the USA? I like music, culture, etc - but I need to be close to Europe.

Where should I live in the USA? I like music, culture, etc - but I need to be close to Europe. [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel at 4:13 AM PST - 80 comments

Naughty iPhone pix, we wants it

I would like to put naughty pictures on my iPhone without using iPhoto, preferably with a lock, so people can't accidently browse the porn stash. Is this possible and if so, how?
posted by artisticastronaut at 4:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for light sociological holiday reading material

Looking for light, sociological holiday reading material... [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome at 3:55 AM PST - 13 comments

What are some good resources for learning to craft old tyres into products?

What are some good resources for learning to work with old tyres - crafting them into products and designs? +or could you explain the basic processes? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 3:40 AM PST - 7 comments

A Question About "I" Vs. "Me"

I understand the normal rules for "I" and "Me" in sentences, but I simply cannot figure out the answer to this example. What I want to say is that my dad and I are regional truckers (or me and my dad are regional truckers). If I stay true to the "I" vs."Me" formula I learned in school and eliminate the objective pronoun, the simplified version of the sentence can be written as either "I are regional truckers" or "me are regional truckers", and both of these look atrocious written down. I'm not a seasoned grammarian, but even I know that neither one of these seems to be the correct answer. Am I missing something?
posted by Buddy-Rey at 1:19 AM PST - 24 comments

July 30

Dumpling feast.

Dumpling Extravaganza.....Please help me find the best dumplings in Brisbane, Australia. [more inside]
posted by Pippi Longstocking at 11:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me matt my meat boy!

How to matt/frame a large piece of paper with a small graphic on it (Mark Ryden's Meat Boy) on a budget? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 10:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for online payroll service solutions

Looking for an online payroll services solution for myself and two part time employees. [more inside]
posted by imabanana at 10:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Can I drive with a malfunctioning ABS?

Is it dangerous and/or damaging to my car to drive with a malfunctioning ABS module? [more inside]
posted by Dilemma at 10:04 PM PST - 18 comments

How to withhold virus infections (of the computer variety) from the ones you love?

Suggestions for cleaning a virus-infected Windows machine appearing in a non-administrator account without resort to (1) the administrator account or (2) a nuke and re-install? [more inside]
posted by Napoleonic Terrier at 9:39 PM PST - 9 comments

How to produce specific audio tones?

Is there an instrument or gadget that will allow me to produce multiple tones of specified frequency simultaneously? [more inside]
posted by shazzam at 9:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Have you seen a beeswax shoe?

Wire armatures placed in a beehive and filled in by the bees to make creamy waxy simulacrae of various objects. The one I remember best is a high-heeled pump. Sound familiar? [more inside]
posted by dogrose at 8:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Can you ID this font?

I need help IDing this script font [more inside]
posted by leafwoman at 8:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me fertilize for the first time

I just bought a brand new house in mid-May. I've never owned a home before and I'm new to yard keeping. The entire yard was sodded in May. Recently my builder mentioned following Scott's four step process. I'm located in the midwest. Can you explain what Scott's four step process is? Can you also point me to a link (preferably on Lowes.com) for exactly which fertilizer I should buy to use this week? Any other tips to help a newbie? Thank you!!
posted by gocubbies at 8:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Keeping food on the table

Tired of lame meals and fast food. Help me stock the larder... [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio at 8:12 PM PST - 35 comments

maps in the old style

I am looking for images of old maps that have creatures drawn in the water. For example, perhaps a drawing of a sea serpent warning people seafarers to be on the lookout for monsters. Or mermaids, captioned with something like "thar be mermaids." I am sure I have seen plenty of maps like this, but I can't seem to find any at the moment. [more inside]
posted by waywardgirl at 7:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Help required for Excel VBA n00b

ExcelMacroFilter: Writing a macro that imports a series of .csv files into their own worksheets in the same workbook in Excel 2007 would save me ridiculous amounts of time. I have written a macro to import the files and rename the worksheet accordingly, but I'm new to VBA and can't for the life of me work out how to get Excel to automatically repeat the import from File_1.csv to File_x.csv. Help please? [more inside]
posted by cholly at 6:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Why do women use black eyeliner on the bottom of their eyes?

Why do some women paint the bottom of their eyes with black eyeliner? I'm not talking about Goth women. These are women who are otherwise conventionally dressed, coiffed, and made up. I understand other make-up, such as mascara, lipstick, foundation, and blush, but do people really find dark eye bottoms attractive? They make me think of raccoons.
posted by espertus at 6:37 PM PST - 32 comments

what to do with an ee degree

What can I do with an EE degree (either as an engineer or in another field) in and around New York City? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Cover Your Tracks / Copyright Law

Does a principle called 'Cover Your Tracks' exist in copyright? [more inside]
posted by jfrancis at 6:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me plan a D&D Campaign

Dungeon Masters: Help me start planning and preparing a Dungeons and Dragons campaign for a group of seasoned players who've been a while between rolls of the dice... [more inside]
posted by Philby at 6:24 PM PST - 17 comments

Please help me understand an odd medical event.

Please help me understand an odd personal medical event. Ever since I was little I've had this funny thing happen from time to time and I've never understood what it is or heard of anyone else having it. My inner ears gets a "pressure" type feeling like when you are trying to pop them by opening your jaw and straining slightly. The funny thing is, this happens very uncomfortably with a strange powerful itch/funny feeling on my inner thigh/privates. It is quick and intense and rare, it stops when I itch. I have no idea what it is and would appreciate any explanation. Thanks!
posted by gibbsjd77 at 6:24 PM PST - 7 comments

please give me your summer squash recipes

I have 20 pounds (or more) of summer squash. What do I do with it? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 5:57 PM PST - 32 comments

Road trip suggestions?

Road trip! My mom and I are driving from Eastern Long Island to Stillwater, OK, via (tentatively) Harrisburg PA, Charleston WV, Mammoth Cave State Park KY, St Louis MO, and Bartlesville OK. I'd like suggestions of things we might do along the way, as this breaks down to only about 5 hours of driving per day, so we have some touristy time! [more inside]
posted by obliquicity at 5:46 PM PST - 16 comments

Would an adapter work, or do I need a new power supply?

Do I need a new power supply with the correct connection, or can I get an adapter and not fry anything? [more inside]
posted by ZaneJ. at 5:43 PM PST - 4 comments

GSM phone unlockers in Toronto

I'm in Toronto, and I need to get a GSM phone unlocked. How much should I expect to pay, and do you know of any reputable place where I can get this done? (I'm fond of my cheap, but well made phone, and am wary of letting just anyone play inside it).
posted by jb at 5:39 PM PST - 13 comments

How to mitigate the damage of a dreaded interview question?

Question-for-a-friend filter: How do you truthfully answer a job interview question about a previous job that you were asked to resign from, because you were an idiot? [more inside]
posted by liquado at 5:35 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me plan a 30th birthday of incredible awesomeness.

Help me plan a super memorable, creative, unique and wonderful 30th birthday. [more inside]
posted by lottie at 5:27 PM PST - 2 comments

What savory homemade goods survive the mail well?

I want to send a homemade gift package to a friend. The wrinkle: He doesn't eat sweets. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by eleanna at 4:49 PM PST - 19 comments

Can someone attend school full-time and still get unemployment in Illinois?

Is it legal to draw unemployment benefits in Illinois while attending college as a full-time student? [more inside]
posted by sugarfish at 4:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Making an Indecent Proposal Halfway Decent

Best practices for proposing/having an affair? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:57 PM PST - 73 comments

Gardasil off-label for men in SF

Who in San Francisco will prescribe Gardasil off-label to men? I figure there's probably a couple doctors around here doing it. Maybe someone practicing in the gay community? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Am I trying to take down a mammoth or a mouse?

I have an idea for a web project, but barely any knowledge of code. Can I teach myself enough to do this on my own over weeks or months, or is what I want to do so complicated it'd take years to learn everything I'd need to know? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert at 3:32 PM PST - 11 comments

I need power tools to rebuild my house

It's time to buy proper power tools and quit borrowing from the neighbors. I would like some recommendations on what has worked well for other people. [more inside]
posted by dness2 at 3:02 PM PST - 34 comments

How to find someone to travel with? (Strangers will do.)

Are there any websites that pair up lone backpackers/travellers with others who are also looking for companion(s) to travel with? [more inside]
posted by pixxie at 2:41 PM PST - 9 comments

I can has Wimmelbild?

The Adventures of the Black Hand Gang, are there other books that are similar? [more inside]
posted by dejah420 at 2:27 PM PST - 12 comments

#1 in your discman & heart?

In the spirit of so many past excellent ask.mefi music questions, what is your all time favorite opening album track? I want to make a mixtape of awesome opening songs.
posted by ejoey at 2:21 PM PST - 106 comments

How would you prepare for a lumbar spinal fusion, given physical limitations and extreme emotional distress?

The spine isn't healing, in spite of doing everything exactly as the doctor said. Surgery is in the offing, but maybe not for another month or so. Given that we have this time to kill, how do we - and how does our daughter - prepare for the surgery to make it and life afterwards go better? [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian at 2:19 PM PST - 18 comments

Interesting, spooky, out-of-the-ordinary roadtrip stops within driving distance of Iowa?

Interesting, spooky, out-of-the-ordinary roadtrip stops within driving distance of Iowa? [more inside]
posted by jaynedanger at 2:04 PM PST - 28 comments

Computer Wash

Is there something akin to a professional car detailing service, but for computers? I have looked online and briefly through the ask mefi forums but am not finding the information I want, maybe because I am not using correct keywords or maybe such a thing doesn't exist. [more inside]
posted by mammamia at 2:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Should I use llvm, or yacc/lex or what?

Should I use llvm as a backend for my multimedia programming language, is there a better alternative? [more inside]
posted by idiopath at 1:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Car shakes at 55 mph. What service do I need?

Car shakes at 55 mph. What service do I need? [more inside]
posted by capitalist.pig at 1:37 PM PST - 21 comments

are there legal substances that mimic (some of) the effects of cocaine?

are there legal substances that mimic (some of) the effects of cocaine? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 1:37 PM PST - 32 comments

How to re-disable car alarm after battery change

How can I re-disable the alarm on my 1997 Ford Ranger, which came back to life after a battery change? [more inside]
posted by dixie flatline at 1:26 PM PST - 2 comments

I want to have my cake and eat it, too!

Posting for a friend: Is it possible to go to law school, find the "one", and have a family, or do I just have to pick one? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus at 1:20 PM PST - 31 comments

How can I become a better writer in English?

Help me be a better writer in English (as a second language) [more inside]
posted by papalotl at 1:19 PM PST - 16 comments

Waterpark my yard

Best backyard water/ sprinkler/ inflatable/slide/ bellyflop/ kill-the-lawn toys? [more inside]
posted by hellboundforcheddar at 1:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me identify this... thing.

What is this strange organic thing that washed up on the lake shore at my parents house? [more inside]
posted by Paul KC at 12:59 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I teach English to a bunch of South Korean 4th graders?

In about a month I'm going to be teaching English to a bunch of 4th grade South Korean kids. Awesome. However, I've never taught anything, let alone a language. I'm looking for books, courses, tips, tricks, suggestions and anything else that might give me a little confidence. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 12:52 PM PST - 20 comments

Bridal shower gift?

What should I send in absentia to my boyfriend's sister-in-law-to-be's shower? [more inside]
posted by teragram at 12:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Bushwick, Brooklyn - Emerging Neighborhood or Pure Hype / Lies??

Moving within Brooklyn - Should I consider Bushwick as a potential neighborhood? [more inside]
posted by Julnyes at 12:48 PM PST - 23 comments

Learning to be alone, but not totally.

How do I walk the fine line between being alone and working on myself and not throwing away a potentially great relationship? Also: how do you learn to be alone? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 12:30 PM PST - 21 comments

Yabba Dabba Do Song

What's that song from my childhood? Late 80's. A band was on TV performing this song. It may have been on local cable access so this is a long shot. It was about the Flintstones. [more inside]
posted by ElmerFishpaw at 12:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Song for a striptease

Song suggestions needed for a pseudo striptease! [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke at 11:50 AM PST - 13 comments

Will a dog ruin my friendship with my cat?

My cats and I have a good thing going. Will introducing a puppy make them hate me forever? [more inside]
posted by muscat at 11:50 AM PST - 19 comments

Alternatives to running a ground wire?

Will a surge protector or UPS plugged into an ungrounded outlet do anything to protect my electronics in the event of a power surge? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 11:39 AM PST - 9 comments

men's pants problem

new full length mirror has revealed that I'm showing a bit more of myself than intended in my dress clothes (with a recent switch to boxer shorts)--advice?? [more inside]
posted by midwestguy at 11:12 AM PST - 30 comments

What is this insect?

Insect ID please. What is this and any tips about reducing their number?
posted by Zinger at 11:07 AM PST - 22 comments

Which would make me fatter 10lb of fat, or 10lb of celery.

If I ate 1lb of fat each day for a week would I gain more weight than if I'd eaten 1lb of celery each day for a week, and if so why.
posted by zeoslap at 10:57 AM PST - 47 comments

Need Illustrator reference recommendations

I can competently use Illustrator CS3 and do so daily for my job but want to increase my knowledge base and skills. [more inside]
posted by karmaville at 10:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Help us choose an NYC birthday activity!

NYCFilter: Group of four 20-something friends need a birthday activity for this Sunday! Conditions: not too pricey, preferably Manhattan or Brooklyn, nothing too physically strenuous. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith at 10:24 AM PST - 7 comments

Can I remove my HD before I send my laptop in for service?

I am sending my Lenovo Thinkpad to an EasyServ repair center to have its fan replaced/repaired. Do I have to send my hard drive along with it? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman at 10:23 AM PST - 6 comments

The most light-absorbent material?

I need to stop a projection from showing up on a wall -- is there a particularly light-absorbent material that I could use? [more inside]
posted by Rumpled at 10:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Blanket Fort Party

In approximately two weeks, I will be holding a Blanket Fort Goodbye Party on almost the entire top floor of an apartment building. Given the excellent ideas I got from this previous party thread, I thought I'd ask what you crazy kids: what would you want to see at a blanket fort party? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 10:13 AM PST - 20 comments

Jeremiah was a bullfrog.

Help me think of famous keyboard intros to play during soundcheck. Difficulty rating: No synth sounds. [more inside]
posted by sourwookie at 9:42 AM PST - 75 comments

How do I find off-the-books therapy?

A while ago, I asked about the implications of accessing mental health care and possibly having a diagnosis tied to me. From the answers, I've concluded that in my specific situation, any help I need will have to be "off the record." Because that's my decision, this has made it hard to obtain care. How do I go about finding it anyway? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:29 AM PST - 11 comments

Calcium that doesn't make me gag

Which calcium supplements are easiest to swallow? [more inside]
posted by Morpeth at 9:23 AM PST - 19 comments

What do you call the sun shining through clouds?

What is the term for the depiction in art of the sun's rays shining through or behind clouds? This phenomenon. Sometimes believed to be a form of theophany. Wikipedia has an article about it, but I can't remember the name to look it up. Thank you.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 9:17 AM PST - 15 comments

I have an awesome job - but I'm too afraid to actually work?

I have an awesome job - but I'm too afraid to actually work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:14 AM PST - 21 comments

Can you find lifelong love at 35?

LoveFilter: Interested in your stories of finding lifelong love at age 35 or older, gay or straight. I'm a 35-year-old gay man and want to know what my chances are. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:14 AM PST - 36 comments

Auteurs and stuff

Cinephile seeks THE book on early film, including dissections of films by Godard, Truffaut, Bergman, Fellini and the like. Lots o' pretty pictures are great, too. Can you help?
posted by heather-b at 9:00 AM PST - 16 comments

Specific social networking?

Best topic-specific networking/community/cloud sites? [more inside]
posted by Kattiara17 at 8:33 AM PST - 3 comments

Help a non-dog owner understand.

Help a non-dog owner understand. [more inside]
posted by lpsguy at 8:13 AM PST - 64 comments

Can I use a U.S. based web server to gain a U.S. ip address for a computer located outside the U.S.?

Can I use a U.S. based web server to gain a U.S. ip address for a computer located outside the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Intelligent space opera?

Intelligent space opera? [more inside]
posted by Grinder at 7:49 AM PST - 44 comments

Between waking and sleep

How can I help my wonderful 18 month old girl to find her way to sleep? [more inside]
posted by BadMiker at 7:42 AM PST - 18 comments

Colorado vacation advice: SUV rental necessary? & more...

Colorado (Denver/Vail/Boulder) vacation advice: SUV rental necessary? Weather adjustments for a Floridian? General suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mojabunni at 7:37 AM PST - 17 comments

Need resources on 'peer coaching' at work.

Need resources on 'peer coaching' at work. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:36 AM PST - 1 comment

I'd like to love my like

What are ways of saying "I like you" that don't sound so... clinical? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:36 AM PST - 63 comments

Help me find my ideal micro mouse.

I like small mice and I cannot lie... Help me find the ideal mini mouse for my laptop. (WARNING: Mouse geekery contained within!) [more inside]
posted by agentmunroe at 7:30 AM PST - 11 comments

I just want to help people

I want to be a nurse. Should I get a BSN, RN, or something else? Caveat: I have another B.S. under my belt. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 7:28 AM PST - 12 comments

Bed bugs on Craigslist?

There's a bed frame I want for a great price on Craigslist. Should I worry about bed bugs? [more inside]
posted by AaRdVarK at 7:21 AM PST - 19 comments

career advisor that specializes in academia?

looking for a career advisor that specializes in helping people find their area of academic research. [more inside]
posted by ThiefOfSweets at 7:14 AM PST - 2 comments

Maximizing quantity/$ in headphones.

Headphone optimization, but not of the usual kind. Quantity/$ [more inside]
posted by DU at 7:14 AM PST - 19 comments

You know what they say about Ithaca...

In Ithaca, NY for a long weekend, what should I see and do? [more inside]
posted by anthropoid at 7:02 AM PST - 25 comments

Welcome, mom!

I'm looking for a fun, cheap, highly-visible way to welcome my mom when she arrives at the airport and make her first night and day at my new place relaxed and comfortable. [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 6:58 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me Understand Boltzmann's entropy formula: S = k log W?

Help me Understand Boltzmann's entropy formula: S = k log W? [more inside]
posted by complience at 6:54 AM PST - 16 comments

Husband in search of brownie points, more relaxed wife

Help me cheer up my wife! She's just started a new job (her first out of grad school) as a clinical therapist at a methadone clinic. Tell me about blogs or testimonials I can print out for her in a "Oh, THAT'S why I put up with this shit" vein. [more inside]
posted by bobot at 6:53 AM PST - 3 comments

Why is my home audio receiver still working after it burned?

Lightning strike! Home audio receiver got burned but it still works. I'm confused as to why this thing still operates. Advice? [more inside]
posted by Dave. at 6:42 AM PST - 2 comments

Feles mala! What carrier should I get for this bad kitty?

CatFilter: Help me, hive mind! One of my cats cannot stand being in a normal carrier. We need a carrier for him while moving. What carrier should I get? Details of a feline nature inside. [more inside]
posted by strixus at 6:32 AM PST - 14 comments

They killed my ... car

My GoogleFu is failing me... please help me find the comic illustration I saw a few days ago mashing up Tron and The Big Lebowski. Jeff Bridges is drawn as Lebowski and his light cycle is on fire. Thanks!
posted by jdfan at 6:13 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I make new friends and hang out with them for the first time?

How do I turn potential friends into actual friends? What is the best way to meet people and go from acquaintances to actual friends that hang out? More inside. [more inside]
posted by mittenbex at 6:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Food for a rainy barbecue?

What should I cook in my small kitchen for a rainy barbecue? [more inside]
posted by emilyw at 5:19 AM PST - 22 comments

Comparing methods of preparation by gymnasts and musicians

How do Olympic gymnasts (and other gymnasts at the elite level) train for their routines? Do they break their choreography into segments? Is there a set, systematic schedule or program used across the sport? A way to measure their progress? How might this compare (or apply) to the way a musician might prepare for an audition or a competition? [more inside]
posted by Busoni at 4:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Organising a stag do near London

Organising a stag do near London [more inside]
posted by ninebelow at 4:28 AM PST - 4 comments

My comics are cluttering up my house.

Casual comics readers: What do you do with your old issues? [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt at 4:12 AM PST - 21 comments

Can anyone recommend a good primary care physician in Olympia, WA?

My current doctor seems poorly organized and has misdiagnosed me one time too many. I know there are MeFites in the Olympia area; does anyone have a doctor they love?
posted by dacoit at 2:32 AM PST - 1 comment

Could a person be healthier with no legs?

Might there be health advantages to, say, not having any legs? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 2:15 AM PST - 15 comments

House hacks for broke renters

Old house hacks wanted! Please suggest some cheap ways to improve life in a crappy college house. [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall at 1:04 AM PST - 20 comments

I won't pay ya, no way, why don't you get a job?

18 year old Australian introverted indoorsy uni drop-out seeks employment in recession. No qualifications (a business cert from school), no drivers license, no skills (maybe typing), no experience, no references, limited public transport. What now? [more inside]
posted by b33j at 12:53 AM PST - 30 comments


Where do you go to discuss science online? [more inside]
posted by clearly at 12:35 AM PST - 11 comments

ISO, W3C, OOXML/ODF: How do tech standards impact you?

What's your stake in international tech standards and OOXML?(I'm working up a thesis and I could use some input from the computer literate world) [more inside]
posted by trcook at 12:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Sure.ly someone can help me...

Does anyone have any experience purchasing .ly domains? Anything I should be aware of before I do? [more inside]
posted by andrewcilento at 12:05 AM PST - 2 comments

July 29

Whoa oh oh. Listen to the music. All the tiiiiime.

Are you forced to listen to the same music every day at work or elsewhere, and do you like it, dislike it, or just not notice it? Mainly, I'm curious how you manage to deal with it, or if I'm really that sensitive to repetitive music. Or are you the one playing the same station out loud every day? Have you had any incidents arise from it from co-workers/colleagues? And is Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry" really that addictive... still? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 11:43 PM PST - 27 comments

Tips on University Falls

I am planning a trip to University Falls for my girlfriend's birthday. Does anyone have any tips/ things to watch out for? A more solid set of directions or map link would be much appreciated.
posted by ishmael at 11:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me catch the online content thieves.

Is there a good online plagiarism tool that will work for writing that isn't term papers? It's for online content that I suspect was stolen word for word from other sources without citation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:29 PM PST - 11 comments

I love to research. What can I do?

Does my dream job exist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:28 PM PST - 16 comments

How'd it end?

Did Dr. Rufus W. Hooker survive WWII? I read his 1943 memoir, Ship's Doctor, and it's driving me crazy. [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 10:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Single female traveling alone and staying in a youth hostel in Shanghai: fun adventure or catastrophically bad idea?

Single female traveling alone and staying in a youth hostel in Shanghai: fun adventure or catastrophically bad idea? [more inside]
posted by aquafortis at 9:52 PM PST - 14 comments

The best of the best

If money was no obstacle, what complete eCommerce solution would you deploy for a medium to large online company? [more inside]
posted by simplesharps at 9:15 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I combine survey data collected in two stages?

So I collected some firm-level survey data in two stages, from two different geographic locations, although from the same general populations (i.e. same SIC code in both locations). How do I go about making sure it's okay to combine them into one data set? My Google-fu, as well as my advisor and research methods books fail me. Not that it really matters, but I'm doing the analysis in Stata 9.
posted by pcward at 8:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Questions from Thailand

Tips for a trip to Thailand in August: Full Moon Party, Climbing in Krabi, Visiting Angkor Wat, Tailor in Bangkok. [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony at 8:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Travel in the NewEngland states. A little help please?

Travel plans through the Northeast (New England States) Looking for the fun/quirky ideas. [more inside]
posted by filmgeek at 8:38 PM PST - 22 comments

Junk a 2003/2004 Kia Minivan?

Another cash for clunkers question. My mother has a 2003 or 2004 Kia Sedona minivan. The government website says its combined mileage rating is 16 mpg. It's got a lot of miles on it, not in great condition and probably not worth $4500 - trade it in for an efficient small car? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 8:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Passport troubles

Possible passport problem while catching a connecting flight in Shanghai [more inside]
posted by Tiresias at 8:03 PM PST - 4 comments

I can not believe I am posting in the shopping category - photo paper question...

Do I care, in the slightest, that the photo paper I ordered is not what I received and seems to be older and thinner? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 7:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Home Sweet Brooklyn

When is the best month to move in New York?? [more inside]
posted by Unred at 7:39 PM PST - 11 comments

display the wordpress loop on any page

Wordpress: What's the easiest way to display the "mini-loop" on any page? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 7:21 PM PST - 3 comments

define 'car' . . .

Hypothetical Cash for Clunkers question - If I brought in a clunker, how much of the clunker must be there? [more inside]
posted by datacenter refugee at 7:11 PM PST - 19 comments

How can I get a non-TT research gig?

What can I do to get a researcher position? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:36 PM PST - 2 comments

PHP -> Twitter API at specified times: what am I Doing Wrong?

Please help me write a PHP script that publishes Twitter updates at pre-specified times. [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 6:29 PM PST - 9 comments

How Does Exercising Work?

The kids wanted to take skateboarding lessons and swimming lessons and use the climbing wall at the YMCA, so we got a family plan...now what can *I* do with it? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown at 5:37 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me get more hair!

I have fine, thin hair (not thinning, just thin) and I want more. I am female, have almost shoulder length hair and was thinking about extensions. Will they look like obvious extensions in my fine hair? In order words, is my fine hair going to conceal where the extensions are put in? I've tried everything to get more fullness....products, different drying techniques, etc. Now I just want MORE hair. Help me!
posted by fresh-rn at 5:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Whats the best way to buy a flight for a vacation without getting screwed?

Whats the best way to buy a flight for a vacation that you know you are going on (greater than 3 months in the future)? I am tired of getting screwed for being prepared. [more inside]
posted by schindyguy at 5:33 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I replace my wife's fesenjan pot?

Where can I find an authentic fesenjan stone pot? [more inside]
posted by kuperman at 5:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Junk or Bunk?

(clashfilter) Does anyone know if Joe Strummer was ever a junkie? [more inside]
posted by peewinkle at 5:12 PM PST - 6 comments

States that admit non-ABA accredited law school grads?

States that do not require an ABA accredited law degree to sit for the Bar exam? [more inside]
posted by roxie5 at 4:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Throw me a bone

Hello! I am working on a cartoony illustration in which I am conveying physical human afflictions/parts of the anatomy that could have very literal visual translations. Some examples: a frog in your throat (temporary hoarseness because of phlegm or mucus). Tennis elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis), smoker's lung, kidney stones, funny bone (humerus). [more inside]
posted by geronimo's folly at 4:43 PM PST - 22 comments

What's the best (free) text-to-speech option available?

What is the absolute best text-to-speech (TTS) option? Oh yeah, must be free... [more inside]
posted by jluce50 at 4:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Radio is the theater of the mind

Help me choose a sub £50 FM Radio [more inside]
posted by nam3d at 4:26 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I become more manly?

How do I become more manly? Even though I think masculinity is bulls$#!%! [more inside]
posted by beingresourceful at 4:18 PM PST - 58 comments

Help me drag my uncle out of the literary dark ages!

My uncle recently mentioned to me that he's never read any book written by a woman. Apparently this is because he doesn't think they'll be any good - he seems to think women can only write romance novels. I find this both horrific and hard to believe, but he seemed serious. So, Hive Mind, I need your help in drafting a list of the very best books written by female authors. Help me teach him the error of his ways! [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising at 4:04 PM PST - 93 comments

When I die, will my grandchildren fight over who gets it?

I am writer in search of a messenger bag. What is your opinion of the Saddleback Leather Company, specifically its briefcase? In your opinion, is really it worth a month's rent?
posted by litterateur at 3:57 PM PST - 23 comments

Tell me why my worth isn't attached to my achievements.

CBT Related: How do you convince yourself that your personal worth is not contingent on achievement and success? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:50 PM PST - 21 comments

Do advances exist?

Is it possible to get an advance in salary (that is, an early paycheck) when just starting a job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:49 PM PST - 22 comments

To thank, or not to thank

Is it appropriate to use an email address given as a part of a donation to send a short thank you note, when the person making the donation through my website did not consent to me using their email address? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:49 PM PST - 14 comments

What kinds of advertising options should a new internet startup offer its customers and how should they be priced?

What kinds of advertising options should a new internet startup offer its customers and how should they be priced? [more inside]
posted by tnoetz01 at 3:46 PM PST - 2 comments

Inadvertent Gmail Spoofing

I have the strangest Gmail issue. My account was hacked and while google responded very quickly I am left with an odd result after my account was returned to me. [more inside]
posted by rtimmel at 3:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Save a book from the fires of hell!

It's the end of the world and you have time to save one book. Which one will you save? [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin at 3:34 PM PST - 32 comments

Lusting for Tableau

What are some affordable alternatives to Tableau for data visualization, plotting, etc? [more inside]
posted by ttyn at 3:27 PM PST - 4 comments

It's true. Everyone DOES need a hug.

I have an "Everyone Needs A Hug" Metafilter t-shirt. It is too small for me to wear. What should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 3:21 PM PST - 18 comments

Borneo Vacation

Looking for great tours/ in Sabah, Malaysia Borneo? [more inside]
posted by ChloeMills at 3:18 PM PST - 1 comment

Use MacBook mic instead of headset in WoW? Why not?

Why can't I use my MacBook's microphone to play World of Warcraft? Why do I need a USB headset? [more inside]
posted by musofire at 3:02 PM PST - 6 comments

How to make the Sound of Music sluttier?

Most Halloweens I have a small Rocky Horror Picture Show party at my place. But this year I wanted to screen a different musical. Still, I want people to dress up, and I want the night to carry the same raucous, raunchy tone. How can I "slutify" The Sound of Music?
posted by Sully at 2:55 PM PST - 20 comments

Do they mind me staying here all day (and tomorrow, and Friday...)?

YANMB (You Are Not My Barista): Do the folks at the coffee shop where I've been working all day mind me taking up space if I'm buying stuff all day and it's not crowded? [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 2:45 PM PST - 35 comments

Debit card fraud?

What to do about suspected debit card fraud? [more inside]
posted by sickinthehead at 2:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Kitchen madness

Two left feet and some bright kitchen gift ideas.... [more inside]
posted by puckish at 2:21 PM PST - 11 comments

airline mileage points deleted

Do I have any recourse if an airline deletes my mileage points? [more inside]
posted by tangyraspberry at 2:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Can I use the Time Management Matrix in my software?

Can I use the "Time Management Matrix" in a commercial software product without any legal repercussions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:07 PM PST - 2 comments

How to have an awesome time at the ballgame?

Take me out to the ballgame, MeFites! [more inside]
posted by philotes at 2:04 PM PST - 19 comments

My eyes are opened I need illustrations

I just read Slideology which has really helped me improve my presentations, but I need some help in creating rich illustrations on my own. [more inside]
posted by digividal at 1:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Is Minneapolis Wireless any good?

Is the USI Wireless service in Minneapolis any good? [more inside]
posted by voltairemodern at 1:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Journal of Inappropriate Articles to Include in a CV (2009) "In Defense of Sex in Public Places" Submitted.

A former professor and I are meeting tomorrow, as she's writing me a recommendation for getting a PhD. She's requested that I bring a CV along with my writing samples. I've been employed as an editor, freelance writer and blogger for the most of my post-undergrad career. None of my articles are particularly serious or scholarly. What's the best way to format this info in a CV? [more inside]
posted by Hwaet at 1:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Kids putting milk in super soakers...yes

80's-90's movie filter: What's that one where some kids fill their Super Soakers/water guns with actual milk to destroy...monsters, I think? I remember them depleting the town's milk supply. Cheesy movie. [more inside]
posted by trotter at 1:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Don't burn books, burn TV shows!

I want to preferably burn some shows I recorded from TV and are stored on my TiVo. Please hope me or show me how I can better google a solution. [more inside]
posted by pointystick at 1:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Forlorn Lakes WA

Has anyone been to the Forlorn Lakes in WA? Looking for hikes, etc. to do. [more inside]
posted by Jsn7821 at 12:57 PM PST - 1 comment

have your email call my email

How can you mitigate the disaster of an email message that disappears en route? [more inside]
posted by diode at 12:57 PM PST - 16 comments

Catching Up on WPMU

I want to upgrade a WPMU (WordPress Multi-User) install from 1.3.3 (a year old) to 2.8.3 (the current release). Can I just upload and configure 2.8.3 and run the included upgrade.php script, or do I need to "step through" each release, upgrading each time (1.3.3 to 1.5.1, then 1.5.1 to 2.6, 2.6 to 2.7, and 2.7 to 2.8.2)? [more inside]
posted by pzarquon at 12:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Walk from Moscow to Istanbul?

I am trying to remember the name of a board game I played as a child. I got it free in the mail, and it was a travel/geography game. [more inside]
posted by sandraregina at 12:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Graceful Gratitude?

How can I show gratitude in a socially appropriate way? [more inside]
posted by smilingtiger at 12:23 PM PST - 14 comments

It's Business Time

Most interesting hip-hop, country, and pop of the 2000s? [more inside]
posted by kathrineg at 12:20 PM PST - 21 comments

Smells like teens' spirits

Help me get the vomit smell out of a cotton canvas messenger bag. [more inside]
posted by chalbe at 12:13 PM PST - 24 comments

Ways to see rhythms

I'd like any software or website that helps visualize rhythms. [more inside]
posted by argybarg at 12:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Pointers on the practice of poise

How do I become more calm, or at least appear to be more calm? [more inside]
posted by thisjax at 12:09 PM PST - 20 comments

Need help finding a 70s-80s BBC show

Does anyone remember a BBC kids' TV series from the 70s-80s featuring psychic teenagers? I last saw it in the mid-80s. [more inside]
posted by emjaybee at 11:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Sample Product Design Contract Anywhere?

Am looking for a sample product design contract. Know where there is a (hopefully free) one i can take apart and re-write before taking to a lawyer? [more inside]
posted by gonzo_ID at 11:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Would you do your honeymoon the same way all over again?

Should we delay our honeymoon until the fall/winter, or take it in June immediately after our wedding? What did you do? Would you do it again? [more inside]
posted by Amizu at 11:45 AM PST - 23 comments

Please help me make many documents much shorter.

How can I access the "AutoSummary" feature of Microsoft Word progammatically to summarize many documents at once? Alternatively, what other programs are there that will summarize documents that can be accessed programmatically? If this isn't the right place to ask, where is? [more inside]
posted by procrastination at 11:43 AM PST - 1 comment

Do you know this mellow song? A piece of the lyric is "Hey. . .Woman"

Mellow song featuring the partial lyric "hey. . .Wo-man" I hope to identify. [more inside]
posted by sugarbx19 at 11:41 AM PST - 12 comments

What do people actually do, those ones who work with computers?

Where can I find out more about the various types of jobs in web development/programming? [more inside]
posted by different at 11:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me find the beautiful dancing napkin video!

Several years ago there was a captivating video on the web of a napkin or piece of paper wafting/dancing in the gentle breeze on a street sidewalk. [more inside]
posted by wsg at 11:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Hacking The Movies

What are your favorite, less-obvious moviegoing/movie theater hacks? [more inside]
posted by plasticbugs at 11:20 AM PST - 43 comments

Burnt pancakes :(

How should I go about cleaning this? [more inside]
posted by CaptKyle at 11:07 AM PST - 11 comments

need more fewd

Help me eat better / more often... [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen at 11:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Best online wine seller in the US?

Best American online wine store? [more inside]
posted by matteo at 10:58 AM PST - 13 comments

WiFi coffee shop in manhattan

Good Manhattan (free, unlimited) WiFi locations? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 10:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me prevent my red lettuce from turning against me

LettuceFilter: I love those big containers of mixed small lettuce leaves - the schmancy type like this. But the red lettuce always goes bad so quickly! What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Billegible at 10:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Package problem with firefox in xubuntu

Firefox has died on me after an update in xubuntu, help! [more inside]
posted by knapah at 10:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Longitude Latitude Database

A few years ago I had bookmarked a website that had a very plain search feature that allowed you to search names of all sorts of geographical whathaveyou and gave a table complete with longitude and latitude coordinates. I believe this site was US-centric (might have been USGS but I looked and failed) although it was possible to search for anything, world-wide. Ring any bells?
posted by AdamOddo at 10:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Expired Registration Question.. looking for advice:

What is the likelihood for being pulled over in a faraway state for expired tags and what are typical penalties? It would be one month overdue if that changes both answers. [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 10:21 AM PST - 22 comments

Scheduling software for tracking field personnel?

Scheduling software for tracking field personnel? [more inside]
posted by ollyoop at 10:20 AM PST - 0 comments

Is there a term for "false synonymy"?

Is there a term for the fallacy of "false synonymy", where two different words are treated as if they mean the same thing? "False synonymy" sounds like a good term for it, but Google only turns up 135 hits.
posted by Dr. Send at 10:16 AM PST - 19 comments

Getting to the Jumex Collection?

Have any Mexico City mefites or recent art-loving travelers there gone to visit the Jumex Collection? I know that it is open to the public by appointment, but I have a couple of specific questions. [more inside]
posted by kaybdc at 10:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Help my friend get the surgery she needs without going into massive debt!

My friend needs surgery but has no insurance. She thinks she can be covered if she goes on her parent's insurance in another state and has the surgery done there. Is this true? What kind of paper trail can the insurance company find? [more inside]
posted by JaiMahodara at 10:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Need a good shoe for bad feet

Need a women's running shoe recommendation for weird feet. [more inside]
posted by howrobotsaremade at 10:09 AM PST - 21 comments

Testing iPhone app in Windows?

iPhoneFilter: How can I test someone's application in Windows without having an iPhone? [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 at 10:01 AM PST - 9 comments

All things prenatal in NYC

We're expecting our first baby in January 2010, and I'm looking for recommendations for all things prenatal in NYC. Anything you can recommend from midwives and doulas to shopping and yoga would be greatly appreciated! [more inside]
posted by defreckled at 9:54 AM PST - 5 comments

PCs, DVDs, Regions, Need Help!

I'm in the US, and I would like to buy a DVD that I'm pretty sure is only available in UK (Region 2) format. I don't really care about playing it in my home DVD player – what I'm more interested in is getting it on my iPod. I have a Dell Inspiron e1505, circa March 2006, with Handbrake installed. Here's what I'd like to know: [more inside]
posted by brandman at 9:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Can anyone help an italic-hater?

Calling all editors, proofreaders, and style mavens! I need help with (not) italicizing court cases in a non-legal document. [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham at 9:31 AM PST - 16 comments

Corn cat litter question

Last month I switched over to a corn cat litter. (This one) And aside from the kitten occasionally deciding the scattered bits of litter are food, it's going quite well. But how 'flushable' is this litter? [more inside]
posted by Barmecide at 9:22 AM PST - 19 comments

Buying a Home from Grandma... Legal issues?

We are looking at buying my wife's grandmother's home from her before she goes into a senior living facility. What sort of implications could arise for her if we can all come to an agrement on us purchasing the home? Would the house still be considered an asset of hers if it was sold to us at less than fair-market-value? [more inside]
posted by ganzhimself at 9:21 AM PST - 8 comments

Pet-proof privacy, does it exist?

Decor-challenged homeowner seeks pet-proof window coverings. Please share your experiences and recommendations. [more inside]
posted by anderjen at 9:15 AM PST - 13 comments

Custom wine bottle and engraved wine glasses as gift? HELP!

I would like to give custom wine glasses and wine with a custom label as a gift to my SO...advice?? [more inside]
posted by jdlugo at 9:07 AM PST - 5 comments

What is some authentic posh British music?

What music would best be played to accompany a Pimm's Cup? [more inside]
posted by dammitjim at 9:04 AM PST - 23 comments

Help identifying reggae

Reggae question: What style of reggae is this and where can I hear more? Video inside. [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 9:04 AM PST - 18 comments

do I have to fundraise money to run in a race?

do I have to fundraise money to run in a race? I have started running, and would to run in more races. However, it seems that all the races are centered around fundraising. What is up with that and do I have to do it? I just want to pay my registration fee, show up and run. Can I do that?
posted by esolo at 8:48 AM PST - 15 comments

JetBlueTracker JetBlueTracker JetBlueTracker

I live in New York and my parents live in Sarasota, FL. There are two direct flights per day on JetBlue between JFK and SRQ. Is it possible to set up something up that would alert me whenever prices on these flights dropped below a certain amount? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 8:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Diabetic cat question

My diabetic cat has an off-again-on-again pancreas, so his insulin needs vary. I asked my vet about home monitoring using a glucometer. The vet said no one she knows who's tried it with a cat has succeeded. I tried it following this excellent video and found it was a piece of cake. Now we adjust his insulin based on twice-a-day readings, just as humans do (three times a day). I'm considering offering free home-monitoring training to owners of diabetic pets in my community who might benefit from home testing, as a public service. Do you think this would be useful?
posted by markcmyers at 8:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Camping in California but not at a camp site

Looking for beautiful places to go camping within 400 miles of Los Angeles for a couple days in August. I don't want to go to a "camp site" though. Stunning views of Rivers, Lakes, mountains or the ocean are a plus. [more inside]
posted by Charlie Lesoine at 8:40 AM PST - 5 comments

15 pounds ends ten year drought

I have not had any chocolate since Easter 1999. My last bit of chocolate was a Cadbury Cream Egg. I was told by my doctor that if I get to 175 I'll be in a safe zone to eat a little bit of chocolate once a week or so. Not to make a big production out of it because I still have 15 pounds to drop, but what chocolate should I begin with?
posted by parmanparman at 7:57 AM PST - 52 comments

Does synthetic oil make a difference?

Is synthetic oil worth the premium price for a Honda Accord with 140,000 miles? [more inside]
posted by dforemsky at 7:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Can hypnotherapy help me get through a painful doctor's visit?

Can hypnotherapy help me get through a painful trip to the doctor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:56 AM PST - 11 comments

Fish oil and depression

Treating depression with fish oil [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:56 AM PST - 22 comments

What is charisma?

What are the qualities of the most charismatic or magnetic person you know? [more inside]
posted by decoherence at 7:46 AM PST - 50 comments

You're not supposed to get injured from yoga!

How do I nurse a wounded shoulder back to health? [more inside]
posted by Eudaimonia at 7:18 AM PST - 17 comments

4 hours in Geneva, with a 5 year old. Suggestions please!

We've got to get a hire car back to the airport in Geneva tomorrow at 11, but our flight doesn't leave till 4. This gives us 3-4 hours or so to have fun. One of us is 5 years old. What should we do? Cheap is good.
posted by handee at 7:13 AM PST - 2 comments

Yes, obviously I should back-up more often.

Did my fiance's computer bork my thumb drive, and what can I do to get my data back? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 7:00 AM PST - 11 comments

Where the hell do I find Cornetto ice cream treats near Boston?

It's time for this shit to get real. Where the hell can I find a Cornetto in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:50 AM PST - 17 comments

Three states, one LAN: how do I create the VPN?

Networking newbie question: how do I set up a Cisco router-based VPN between three sites, such that each can treat the other as if it were on the same LAN? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 5:56 AM PST - 3 comments

concerned about dangerous dog charge

Help. Our dog bit another dog and is now a 'dangerous dog.' Now what? [more inside]
posted by TheAfterlgow at 5:50 AM PST - 42 comments


Can I make a Quicktime movie of the iTunes or WMP oscilloscope? [more inside]
posted by cachondeo45 at 5:41 AM PST - 2 comments

British WWII sentimental movies

British WWII sentimental movie recommendations? [more inside]
posted by eleslie at 5:32 AM PST - 25 comments

Royalty free images for someone else's personal use

How to correctly use royalty free images for personal items when I'm using them to design something for someone else, who pays me for my time. [more inside]
posted by like_neon at 4:09 AM PST - 5 comments

How to read this French date?

How to read this date written in French? [more inside]
posted by rom1 at 2:22 AM PST - 14 comments

European replacements for American popular websites

European equivalents for popular American websites? [more inside]
posted by yegga at 2:18 AM PST - 27 comments

Ireland in March?

Any tips for a week long vacation to Ireland in March? [more inside]
posted by Leenie at 1:59 AM PST - 11 comments

How to deal with harassing "Private Number" calls?

Please help me solve a "Private Call" mystery. I have been getting calls for years from an older woman with an accent asking all sorts of weird questions. Now that she's started calling in the middle of the night, I contacted my cell phone carrier (AT&T) and requested help with the problem. They said my only option was to switch numbers. Do I have other options? [more inside]
posted by one_bean at 1:33 AM PST - 56 comments

Need glue for joystick repair.

I need to glue together a plastic joystick that snapped at the base. Joystick will be moved and twisted, and supports force feedback. Most "crazy" glues don't hold up to such activity, in my experience. Brand suggestions?
posted by archagon at 1:28 AM PST - 23 comments

Recording video from motorcycle

Today I took yet another step up the Ladder of Dweebiness, and strapped my cheap Exilim camera to ye olde motorcycle to record a short trip. Of course it turned out like crap, but with glimmers of ok-ness. Help me do better. [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 12:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Framing antique cloth?

Framer for antique cloth, Toronto to Hamilton area? [more inside]
posted by x46 at 12:06 AM PST - 1 comment

July 28

How do I make this awesome looking meatloaf?

I was just idly googling for "meatloaf leek" trying to find a recipe to make for dinner, when I found this stock photo. FANCY! Unfortunately I can't find a recipe for it at all. How would you go about making something like that? [more inside]
posted by web-goddess at 11:54 PM PST - 6 comments

emergency road trip on basically zero dollars.

A friend has been in an accident and I need to get to where she is ASAP. Problem? I only have $150 to my name. Please help me figure out whether I can make this emergency road trip without (a) dying or (b) running out of money. Main issue: how much money will gas for this trip really cost? [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl at 11:52 PM PST - 43 comments

Problem-solver in search of suitable problems

I think I finally understand what I like to do. So... what would I like to do? [more inside]
posted by McBearclaw at 11:15 PM PST - 16 comments

NYC CareerFilter

Careerfilter: Career suggestions for a mid-career Manhattanite downsized by the financial collapse [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 11:12 PM PST - 8 comments

How to make a housing decision?

I feel like I am constantly swinging back and forth in how I feel about buying a house in different locations. How can I make a decision? [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat at 10:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Whither, or withered, the French stride?

Did French women really used to walk differently? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 10:04 PM PST - 12 comments

How to Write a Business Plan

I'm looking for some freely available online business plan templates for a quasi-client who wants to start a training business catering to IT project management in government. [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 9:59 PM PST - 2 comments

ass gas or grass?

What are some examples of Medium-High Traffic websites that have successfully started to make money and how did they do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Good water filters for backpacking trips?

What are your recommendations for a good water filter for backpacking trips? [more inside]
posted by fdhidalgo at 9:50 PM PST - 13 comments

how can we get married in OK without God?

We'd like to get married in Oklahoma, and we were hoping for a courtroom marriage for now with a big to-do later on, but it turns out that the state has stopped providing this service! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:29 PM PST - 15 comments

Oh, god, this is terrible.

My 3 year old son tossed a diaper into the washer while we were doing laundry. The diaper made it to the dryer, where it shredded and gunked up everything. How the hell do I clean this up? The drum and the lint trap are cleaned, but I'm worried about the gel starting a fire.
posted by boo_radley at 9:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Help my son become a model

We just saw the proofs for our 6-year old son's head shots. We've signed up with an agency in town that doesn't charge a fee and only makes money when our son gets a gig. What else can we do to help our son launch his modeling / acting career? [more inside]
posted by IndigoSkye at 8:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Therapy-filter: CBT practitioner in L.A.?

Asking for a family member: need recommendations for a top-notch cognitive behavioral therapist in downtown Los Angeles or around the Pasadena area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:10 PM PST - 1 comment

Websites for interior and exterior house design?

Best websites to help brainstorm on house architecture and interior design [more inside]
posted by lapsang at 7:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Don't judge me, but....

I am the "judgmental friend." What does this mean? Should I change, and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist at 7:11 PM PST - 53 comments

He who is most silent plots revenge?

Who was quoted as saying something along the lines of "He who is most silent plots revenge?" [more inside]
posted by DolorousEdd at 7:10 PM PST - 7 comments

What's the best way to spread an idea on the Internet?

I have what I believe to be a clever idea that requires lots of other people to take action(s) for the idea to work and achieve the desired result. What/where/when/how is the best way to spread this idea the furthest on the Internet?
posted by BeReasonable at 6:47 PM PST - 17 comments

I (want to) know kung fu (movies)!

What are the best, can't-miss-em, #1 funtime classic wuxia movies? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 6:44 PM PST - 15 comments

Going from not paying electricity to paying for it, and I am rusty on the details. How to save money on my brand new hydro bill?

Going from not paying electricity to paying for it, and I am rusty on the details. How to save money on my brand new hydro bill? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 6:03 PM PST - 29 comments

Catsuit: how/where to buy?

Catsuit: how/where to buy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Experience with Aldara... "down there?"

Experience with Aldara... "down there?" [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Would hanging a wet sheet somewhere in the room help?

Another West Coast heat wave question. Beside eating ice cream and drinking ouzo straight from the freezer, what are some good ways to cool down? [more inside]
posted by halogen at 6:01 PM PST - 34 comments

Boston or Chicago for the gay guy on the go?

Boston or Chicago -- which is the better city for the gay traveler? [more inside]
posted by sevenyearlurk at 5:36 PM PST - 18 comments

What is your favorite way of incorporating whole grains into your diet?

What is your favorite way of incorporating whole grains into your diet? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 5:26 PM PST - 16 comments

Undergrad research for Clinical Psych Phd

I am trying to apply to a research oriented clinical psychology doctoral program. I am finishing up my undergraduate in psychology at the University of Maryland University College. It is an accredited ONLINE university which doesn’t offer any undergrad research opportunities. I want to apply to programs this coming December. I feel I can adequately prepare for my GRE’s and my GPA is 3.65 (major GPA 4.0). The only problems I am facing are 1.) Finding undergrad research opportunities, there are many universities around me in Chicago but won’t they prefer undergrad students from their own institutions? 2.) Provided I find an undergrad research opportunity will only a few months of research experience be suffice to apply to grad school with? 3.) I am worried schools will frown at my undergrad from an online university.
posted by Genco_Olive_Oil at 5:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Curtail computer use during the current heatwave?

West Coast Heatwave! I'm worried about my computer's hard drives, should I curtail my downloads and turn some drives off for the next few days until things cool down? [more inside]
posted by Auden at 5:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Seeking a permanent solution for my Wacom tablet woes.

Sometime around the beginning of this year, my Intuos2 Model 0608-U 6"x8" Wacom tablet driver stopped loading upon login and restart. I reinstall it every time I login/restart. All of the tips, tricks, workarounds suggested by both Wacom and Apple do not work. I am running Mac OS 10.5.7. Is there anything left to try? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 5:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Antique Bicycle Roadshow Filter

What's your guess on how much this bike is worth. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 4:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Where can I find web designers?

I wrote a book, now I want to release it for free as an attractive website. Whats the best marketplace these days for folks who rock at graphics/layout/navigation design and don't have to be as skilled at the copy? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 4:50 PM PST - 6 comments

WWII pro-war movies.

I want to see some WWII-era propaganda (or at least pro-war, pro-service) films on DVD, especially those with musical interludes in the style of the Andrews Sisters. Any recommendations beyond Buck Privates, which I unfortunately cannot easily find in Canada? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 4:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Working out from skinny fat to skinny buff

I am skinny and flabby and weak. I recently went to a kickboxing class (free day pass at NYSC) and was appalled by how much I sucked. And how weak I am. I am a 29 yr old woman, 5 ft 4 inches, and around 108 lbs. This is the most I have ever weighed. Since I have always been super thin, I never really exercised or watched what I ate. I need a workout regimen, that I can mostly do at home. My goals are to be able to do push-ups, sit-ups, and take a few flight of stairs without getting winded. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws at 4:18 PM PST - 37 comments

Welcome to "_____," would you like a bagel with that?

If you were opening a cafe that primarily served bagels (and their variations), pastries, coffee (and coffee related drinks), and tea, what would you call it? The wittier the better! (Non-witty are also welcome to apply.) [more inside]
posted by firei at 4:00 PM PST - 59 comments

Will excerpts of a work now hurt publication later?

If everything goes magically and a publisher is interested in my book sometime in the future, is it damaging to post excerpts on the Internet now, while I'm shopping it around? [more inside]
posted by bobbyno at 3:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Potty training adult dog? Why that carpet?

Potty training an Adult Dog. We got our 2-year-old Poodle 6 months ago. She's pretty timid and nervous. We don't know anything about her background other than that she was raised with 9 other dogs. When we first got her, she was pooping and peeing in the house. We hired a trainer and followed his suggestions and now she no longer poops in the house. But she continues to pee on one particular carpet... [more inside]
posted by bananafish at 3:47 PM PST - 3 comments

What's a good alternative for Google Reader?

What's a good alternative for Google Reader? My employer just started blocking Google Reader (via Websense), saying that it's using up too much bandwidth. (Yeah, sounds funny to me, too.) I suspect there's some alternatives that aren't blocked, but I really love Google Reader and miss being able to jump into it at work. I appreciate any suggestions. [more inside]
posted by scottso17 at 3:23 PM PST - 13 comments

How to not load a file that doesn't exist?

How can I get a specific site to stop trying to load a specific file? Specifically, how can I get NotAlwaysRight to quit trying to load an image from Clustrmaps? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 3:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Currency conversion UK or Thailand

Is it better to convert my money here in England or out there in Thailand? [more inside]
posted by SRMorris at 2:40 PM PST - 10 comments

What's involved in a car tune-up?

Car care: (1) How often, generally speaking, should I change my spark plugs and plug wires? (2) When a vehicle gets a "tune up," what, exactly, does this mean? What gets tuned? Thanks!
posted by jackypaper at 2:30 PM PST - 12 comments

Bringing "Guns" into Canada

Can one legally bring these into Canada as a Canadian citizen? If so, will customs "illegally" confiscate them?
  • an antique, cast-iron, replica handgun. It's solid, with no holes to put bullets in.
  • a transparent, plastic BB/airsoft gun (orange tip, fires 6-mm BB's at 304 ft/sec, 30.0 x 2.1 x 10.8 inches) bought at Walmart. (They're not bringing the ammo.)
[more inside]
posted by jayne at 2:27 PM PST - 13 comments

Not Another Jailbreak Question (Yes or No?)

I have a brand new 8gig ipod touch on its way in the mail. I plan on using it half for music and half for apps and mobile wifi browsing. Should I jailbreak it, or just upgrade to the 3.0 firmware and use the app store? [more inside]
posted by kraigory at 2:18 PM PST - 9 comments

What penalties does a friend face for a small grow operation? (Canada)

What penalties does a friend face for a small grow operation? (Canada) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Buying Used Without No Clues

I'm generally freaking out about buying a car (used, my first) and have a short laundry list of very general questions. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 1:44 PM PST - 19 comments

iMac now, or later?

Is there any reason for me NOT to go buy a new iMac today? [more inside]
posted by Camofrog at 1:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Pimp my fudge!

Looking to jazz up my plain-jane homemade chocolate fudge. What are some creative and delicious ideas for fudge flavors and additives? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 1:23 PM PST - 29 comments

Project manager? Technical lead? Code monkey?

I'm happy at the tech company I work for but am increasingly concerned about my career progression. Nearly a year ago, I took on new role as a project manager, moving from a role with a mix of development and client technical liaison/consulting. My company is currently strongly encouraging me to take on even more of a project management role. I think I'd rather move towards working as a technical lead, I'm concerned that getting myself too far removed from technical work now could make it too difficult to move back later. I could really use some advice from Metafilter-ites with experience in tech firms and technical project management! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Is this the new corporate vanity web site?

How would I figure out how big the market is for iPhone apps that are basically collections of videos? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 12:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Does the bus stop come with the yard?

First time home buyer in Austin, TX. What should I know? [more inside]
posted by jstarlee at 12:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Whither Conan's "Roundball Rock" Segment

Where can I find video of Conan's sketch about John Tesh's NBA theme music? [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 12:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Teach this Teacher what to do at SIGGRAPH

High School Teacher going to SIGGRAPH for the first time. Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by nimsey lou at 12:32 PM PST - 8 comments

I want to really understand the guitar.

How can I advance from being someone who plays the guitar to a real guitarist? I'm tired of the same old open chords and basic barres. How do I become a true musician on the instrument? Kinda long inside thingy. [more inside]
posted by Precision at 12:08 PM PST - 22 comments

Canadian job application help

Canadian academic position, what goes in each of the cover letter, CV, research and teaching statements? [more inside]
posted by biffa at 11:59 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I succeed in my diet?

I've been trying to get under a certain weight for weeks. Whenever I know that if I do well on a certain day, I'll have reached my goal in the morning, I tend to subconsciously self sabotage (by over eating or eating something I know will make me gain weight the next day.) Then I'll end up gaining a few pounds and needing to start all over. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:46 AM PST - 21 comments

Should a hot water pump be this noisy?

Should a hot water pump be this noisy? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 11:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Is it possible to help someone become a better communicator/conversationalist without offending him?

Is it possible to help someone become a better communicator/conversationalist without offending him? [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 at 11:31 AM PST - 22 comments

nomming with my eyes

For such a picky eater, I sure like to read a lot about food. What good food books can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 11:26 AM PST - 42 comments

Bear-proof Mattress-like Object.

Mattressfilter: How am I supposed to fall asleep while my husband is intent on practicing his bear wrestling during the nighttime? [more inside]
posted by VioletU at 11:03 AM PST - 23 comments

How to email full size photo attachments from iphoto 08?

When using mail to email a photo as an attachment from iphoto 08, the photo is embedded in the email message and the picture is very small. When selecting the photo from the thumbnails I have selected full size but the picture is still small. I tried attaching the photos several different ways but the result is the same. What am I missing?
posted by Flacka at 10:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Torchwood/Doctor Who Viewing Order

Just received my Torchwood:Children of Earth DVD! I also have sitting here the first season set of Dr. Who (the first "modern" season...with bigger budget than the classic show). While I realize TCOE is considered fairly stand-alone, would it be best if I watch the Dr. Who stuff first? And, for that matter, since I'm probably going to watch the other Torchwoods eventually, even though I know they're not supposed to be as good, should I go ahead and do that before viewing TCOE? Or does everything work just as well if I approach it completely scattershot?
posted by jimmyjimjim at 10:31 AM PST - 36 comments

Ideas for alcohol-free mingle for single parents and their kdis?

What kinds of fun things can we do at a social event for single parents and their kids with no booze? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 10:08 AM PST - 16 comments

help me become a better shoegaze guitar player.

i'd like to learn more about chords/tunings/techniques conducive to a really ethereal shoegaze/dreampop guitar sound. [more inside]
posted by austere at 10:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Assaulted on a bicycle, what should I have done?

I go cycling about 3 times a week for about an hour to hour and a half for exercise. Sunday I was riding my bike through probably the best neighborhood in town, in the bike lane, when some kid threw a plastic water bottle at me from a passing car. [more inside]
posted by lordrunningclam at 10:03 AM PST - 47 comments

help me sleep... PLEASE.

Please help me sleep. Please :( [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx at 9:35 AM PST - 51 comments

How would you show a french girl US culture in a nutshell?

I'm looking for interesting things to show my french exchange student. What is unique to the US experience? [more inside]
posted by tfinniga at 9:32 AM PST - 43 comments

How can I make my insurance pay for homocystinuria protein powder?

I have homocystinuria, which means that I should get as little methionine in my protein as possible. The doctors recommend I take a special methionine-free protein powder, but the insurance won't pay for it. What is the step-by-step for making them come around? [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo at 9:29 AM PST - 2 comments

Not-so-subliminal messages on a computer near you?

Can anyone recommend a Windows XP screensaver that is (1) easily deployable across an organization (2) serves pictures or text from a central data store, either a URL or a networked folder, that's preferably free? [more inside]
posted by cameradv at 9:26 AM PST - 3 comments

What beers should I try while in Portland/Oregon?

Heading up to Portland and then the rest of Oregon for the better part of a week. Coming from San Diego and hoping to get some suggestions for good beers to try that you might not be able to get down here as well as the best pubs/breweries to try them at.
posted by JoeGoblin at 9:17 AM PST - 30 comments


Could you help me in making my decision to switch to Apple TV [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos at 9:13 AM PST - 10 comments

CDMA security?

How worried do I need to be about bringing my cellphone to the DEFCON hackers security convention? [more inside]
posted by y6y6y6 at 9:03 AM PST - 31 comments

Put me on a continuum

What free software (or adroit use of SmartDraw or basic MS Office products) provides a template for making pretty continuum figures/charts for inclusion in a Word document? [more inside]
posted by Clyde Mnestra at 8:50 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I find the best rebates for home heating/cooling?

Replacing the AC and furnace -- is now the time to buy? Tell me what you know about rebates! [more inside]
posted by amanda at 8:50 AM PST - 10 comments

Should I stay or should I go?

Should I stay or should I go? [more inside]
posted by semp at 8:33 AM PST - 19 comments

Finding an old side scrolling shooter from my past?

Can you help me find a very specific "bullet hell" type game that I played when I was little? [more inside]
posted by Askiba at 8:19 AM PST - 7 comments

Need help finding a vacation home for next year

Family vacation suggestions, please. Looking for great place to get bicoastal family units together in middle of U.S. Lake/ocean with beach. Rental house. Close to major airport. [more inside]
posted by msacheson at 8:15 AM PST - 9 comments

What does Valcheck say in Polish at the end of S2 of the wire?

What does Valcheck say in Polish in episode 12 of series 2 of The Wire? (Spoilers within) [more inside]
posted by emperor.seamus at 8:04 AM PST - 10 comments

How should I send out my resume?

When looking for new job opportunities, what is the best way to get my resume in the hands of potential employers? [more inside]
posted by little_c at 8:01 AM PST - 11 comments

Time Analysis for Scanning Project

Does anyone know where I can get a breakdown of the amount of time for each step in a scanning project? [more inside]
posted by marxchivist at 7:46 AM PST - 1 comment

Brownie War with Insulin

Looking for Websites or Recipes for Sugarfree and Low sugar desserts (especially brownies)! Would be awesome if these websites show reviews of people who have tried them! [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 7:40 AM PST - 4 comments

What do to in nyc this saturday?

Where can I bring my very picky sister this Saturday night, in NYC? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 7:30 AM PST - 23 comments

How much should I be spending on my clothes?

How much should I be paying for a shirt/blouse/shoes/pants? Help me recalibrate my expectations of shopping for clothes. [more inside]
posted by Phire at 7:09 AM PST - 25 comments

39 yr old feeling like a 13 yr panicked boy

I think I have a mini crush on a kindergarden teacher...help!! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 AM PST - 27 comments

I don't want my dad driving his brother around in my car.

My dad generally drives his brother, a registered child molester, anywhere he needs to go, which amounts to maybe 1 trip a week. My dad and I will soon be (hopefully temporarily) sharing a car. I do not want my uncle in my car. My dad doesn't share my concern. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:06 AM PST - 26 comments

Help me negotiate a simple salary

We are talking small beans here, but it's my beans, so please hear me out... I'm an ESL teacher/tutor with 3 undergrad degrees, certification through Oxford and 5 years experience. I have been offered a job in Shanghai. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:06 AM PST - 3 comments

22-8 22-9

What's with these mysterious, over-the-air, digital television channels? [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt at 6:55 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me torture my friends!

YES! You have been waiting for this question ALL year! Last year you all helped me come up with ideas for the super successful Scavenger Hunt! Now we're back to try something new. Japanese Gameshow Olympics! [more inside]
posted by wile e at 6:41 AM PST - 4 comments

I really don't like iTunes

Annoying iTunes library question [more inside]
posted by Hartster at 6:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Ordering a return ticket Melbourne to Los Angeles with V Australia; can I travel to LA and cancel the return flight for a refund?

I'm going to be flying one way from Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles with V Australia. It's cheaper to book a return ticket than a one way ticket. Can I cancel the return flight and get a refund? [more inside]
posted by Eastgate at 6:31 AM PST - 5 comments

How to do a conditional redirect based on source location

How can I do a redirect based on a users location, but only for the landing page of a website and not subfolders or files? [more inside]
posted by Gomez_in_the_South at 6:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Off the rack

What widely available (department store, not boutique) bras should I buy (36DD)? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 6:14 AM PST - 38 comments

Does vacation equal holiday?

Does Holiday = vacation how you talk? [more inside]
posted by cerebrum at 6:13 AM PST - 23 comments

Which papers go in the rectangular file and which go in the circular file?

What important household papers and documents must I keep and file? What papers are OK to throw away? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake at 6:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Is there a Wordpress widget that will automatically sort the links in my sidebar by date?

Is there a Wordpress widget that will automatically sort the links in my sidebar by date? If not, how would I code one? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 5:46 AM PST - 1 comment

Languages of the Western Hemisphere

Awesome trivial question: How many official state languages are there in the Western Hemisphere? Give yourself a moment to think about this before you read my first guess on the inside. [more inside]
posted by math at 5:42 AM PST - 36 comments

What are Kids Reading?

My grandson was given Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe to read in his English class. I read it and loved it. What are middle and high schoolers given for assigned reading these days?
posted by Raybun at 5:07 AM PST - 25 comments

Wanted: video editing software for OSX?

I'm looking for OSX video editing software to use for preparing live music videos for uploading to YouTube. I want to overlay audio tracks from an audio recorder over video footage from a digital camera, cropping either as needed, and exporting the finished video as MPEG4 or H.264. Final Cut seems like overkill (and costs a fair bit), and iMovie doesn't offer the precision to easily align the separate tracks. Can anyone recommend a good, reasonably inexpensive package that will do the job?
posted by acb at 4:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Starting School with a Blast

Teacherfilter: Hurrah, another school year is fast approaching and I'm looking for 48-minute or less teambuilding activities I can use with my 8th grade students (all with emotional disabilities). This is my second year working with these scallawags and we have a silly, trusting relationship, but I want to start 8th grade with a bang! I'm looking for fun, in-class group activities that will continue to get them to think outside the box and help each other accomplish a goal. Anyone got any corporate/academic memories that would address this?
posted by dzaz at 4:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Can You Search For XML Text?

Do Google and Bing spider XML pages? [more inside]
posted by netbros at 3:41 AM PST - 2 comments

Cellphone Plan for Someone Who Dislikes The Phone

Recommendations for a cheap cell plan? [more inside]
posted by thisperon at 12:26 AM PST - 26 comments

How can I alleviate my depression?

I'm slowly losing a battle against depression, and I'm not sure what else to do. [more inside]
posted by you just lost the game at 12:26 AM PST - 53 comments

forget the flowers

So I'm 6 hours into my 4 month stay in San Francisco and I need recommendations for places to while away the hours. I'm staying in Nob Hill. Can anyone recommend low-key (and inexpensive) pubs, restaurants, etc that are easily accessible from here? FWIW, I moved here from Carroll Gardens/Boerum Hill in Brooklyn - so that's the kind of environment I'm accustomed to. Many thanks!
posted by fingers_of_fire at 12:14 AM PST - 9 comments

July 27

How not to become a craz(y|ier) person?

So, my minor tics are developing into more pronounced tics. Is there something I should be worried about? Is there something I can do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:35 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm in need of a new computer. A desktop, not a laptop. And zoomy.

I need a new computer--a desktop--but I don't know what kind of expectations to have for a new machine versus my 5-year-old computer. Is whatever's on special gonna impress me? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 11:22 PM PST - 24 comments

How to get a toilet bowl cleaner stain off a marble counter?

I left a new bottle of toilet bowl cleaner on the bathroom counter while unpacking groceries. It leaked, and I didn't notice until the next day. Now there's a rough white stain on the counter (marble) that won't come off. Any ideas on how to remove it?
posted by shelayna at 11:08 PM PST - 8 comments

The only time you'll want to combine garbage disposals and bidets!

What are some interior fixtures unique to houses in different parts of the world? [more inside]
posted by atrazine at 10:42 PM PST - 33 comments

Similar songs of Malcolm McLaren's "Club De Narcisse"

Hi, I would like to know song's that are similar to Club De Narcisse (some websites display the song name as Club Le Narcisse). This is from Malcolm McLaren's album Paris. By similar I don't mean songs by Malcolm McLaren. By similar I mean songs that have the same musical structure, beat, flow, rhythm and genome attributes. [more inside]
posted by yoitsfrancis at 10:31 PM PST - 1 comment

The Video I Knew Somewhere

Monkees (tv show) Filter: I'm trying to remember which song was played in a music video/interlude in an episode of their tv show and, ultimately, track down a clip of it. [more inside]
posted by Mael Oui at 10:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Resources for buskers and street artists - the biggest events, festivals and communities, please.

I'd like to find out about the biggest street performer events and communities and festivals and stages as possible. All and any links are welcome. What are the best online resources as far as busking/street performer/street art communities are concerned? I've already been to performers.net, where I'm posting this question as well. I'm in New York City, but anywhere is fine.
posted by omnigut at 10:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Riddle me this...

Creating custom quizzes, polls and surveys for a blog... your experiences? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 9:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I get a safety cover for the garbage disposal (i.e., whirling propeller that might chop off my fingers)?

Safety cover for the garbage disposal (i.e., whirling propeller that might chop off my fingers). [more inside]
posted by ms.codex at 9:53 PM PST - 19 comments

Negotiating a car price and dealer incentives

This is an awesome askme on negotiating a new car price but not covered is when do dealer incentives come in? Working from the TMV price, should I negotiate the price with the incentives applied? or negotiate the price with the dealer and then assume that the dealer will apply any available incentives? Thanks.
posted by bluesky43 at 9:30 PM PST - 3 comments

What's this stuff on my lips?

I often go on my break at work and realise a light layer of gunky stuff has built up on my lips. What on earth is it? [more inside]
posted by nostrich at 9:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Please help me keep my plants alive!

Please help my new plants not die in the heat! [more inside]
posted by pdb at 9:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for an infamous untrained british orchestra

Looking for an old link: a recording of a wacky british orchestra of untrained musicians performing unrehearsed classics, such as Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathrousta. I may have dreamed this, but I think Youtube videos of one of this british orchestra / choir showed up in a Metafilter thread. Thanks!
posted by jchgf at 8:33 PM PST - 3 comments

I just want to see my Consey!

I am going to be in LA the week of August 10th, and I'm dying to see a taping of the Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. I put in a request for tickets, but the website said they are only taking reservations for September. Any MeFites have any inside tips on how to get tickets? [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 8:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Anything except 'Antichrist'

What should I and a friend see at the 20090Melbourne International Film Festival? [more inside]
posted by Ritchie at 8:16 PM PST - 5 comments

What's the best way to go about replacing my kitchen sink and faucet?

What's the best way to go about replacing my kitchen sink and faucet? [more inside]
posted by aburd at 8:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Divorce support

A friend's husband just anounced he wants a divorce- help me help her... [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 7:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Acne scar treatment (in Vancouver, BC)

Could anyone recommend a dermatologist near Vancouver, BC to deal with dense acne scarring? If you could share some first or second hand experiences of the treatment, that would be awesome too. [more inside]
posted by lmm at 7:55 PM PST - 2 comments

I can has relief from chigger bites?

ChiggerFilter: On July 4th I walked through tall grass to my neighbor's house, and came home with dozens of chigger bites at my waist, all over my thighs (front and back), hips, and posterior. I think I'm allergic, because despite all treatments, they're still itching over three weeks later. How much longer can this misery last, and how do I prevent scarring besides the obvious "not scratching"? [more inside]
posted by sister nunchaku of love and mercy at 7:36 PM PST - 20 comments

Sightseeing during conferences

Sightseeing during conferences. Would you do this? [more inside]
posted by xm at 7:30 PM PST - 22 comments

I think it's from space.

PlantIdFilter: I've searched all the weed databases for my area trying to id this thing here. No luck, so either it's not a noxious weed or I need more help. [more inside]
posted by fiercekitten at 7:25 PM PST - 6 comments

kermit with the green suit off goes on a bender

naked old muppet gets drunk and nasty. where did i see that? [more inside]
posted by compound eye at 6:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Smart couple, will work for fun and adventure.

I didn't get into grad school, but instead of vast disappointment, I feel like I dodged a bullet. Sigh, another question for someone who wants a fulfilling job, preferably not in the US, in the midst of an economic meltdown. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:39 PM PST - 9 comments

do your worst copper!!

Can a New York Transit Authority ticket catch up with me back home in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by oblio_one at 6:37 PM PST - 8 comments

What is for Dinner?

I have read conflicting reviews about cooking boneless skinless chicken breast in a slow cooker. I will be making apricot chicken in the crock pot tomorrow. The recipe calls for a chicken cut into serving size pieces. I am using boneless skinless chicken breast instead. How long do you usually cook it on low? The recipe says 3-8 hours. Pretty wide berth there. Any tips?
posted by MayNicholas at 6:22 PM PST - 11 comments

New Laptop = what to add?

What must-have programs do you use on your laptop for work? And travel? [more inside]
posted by raisingsand at 6:16 PM PST - 26 comments

Are there more communities like Flickr's ID Please?

I really love the Flickr "ID Please" group, which I originally found here. Are there other services/communities online that allow you to submit a photo (or other media item) for discussion/identification by experts? This particular group tends to focus on identifying types of flora/fauna. [more inside]
posted by k7lim at 5:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Where to find a NASCAR shirt in NYC?

Does anyone know where I can buy a NASCAR t-shirt in NYC before this Friday afternoon? [more inside]
posted by Venadium at 5:18 PM PST - 4 comments

gaming on the go

I just bought a netbook (a HP Mini 110) and want to buy a couple of games to play on a forthcoming trip. However, most games won't run because of the graphics processor and odd screen size (1024 x 576). What games can you suggest that might run well on this? [more inside]
posted by baggers at 5:15 PM PST - 14 comments

Food Festivals and Competitions in Southern LA

I am looking for any and all food festival / competitions that happen in southern LA that are open to the public. [more inside]
posted by matthelm at 4:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Music memorabilia in London?

Where can I find britpop memorabilia in London? [more inside]
posted by theraflu at 4:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Premiere Attire?

What should one wear to an L.A. movie premiere? [more inside]
posted by peachykeen at 4:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Truck battery cost

My 18 year old son went to Express Oil Change to have a new battery put in his 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. His battery was dead and when jumped off, it would not hold a charge. They put an MTP-65 Interstate battery in and charged him $146 for the battery alone. With installation, charging system testing fee, and taxes, the total cost was $208.93. Does that sound high? I was expecting to pay half of that.
posted by Kam1761 at 4:30 PM PST - 15 comments

I'm a quitter.

So I quit my job. Now what? Creative unemployment ideas, plz. [more inside]
posted by SassHat at 4:20 PM PST - 28 comments

Calculating Canadian customs duties?

CustomsFilter: I shipped something to Canada and messed up the declared value. How do I calculate what the recipient will have to pay? [more inside]
posted by fogster at 4:18 PM PST - 4 comments

How is incoming charge distributed amongst multiple batteries wired in parallel?

Say I have a three batteries (all 12V SLA of the same Ah capacity) wired in parallel to form a bank. I connect a dumb charging source (let's say 12V, 5A). How will the incoming charge be distributed amongst the three batteries, and what does it depend on? [more inside]
posted by gribbly at 4:03 PM PST - 16 comments

Listening to my mp3s on my stereo via the magic of wireless technology....

Sending my music across the room... So I have a 25 year old amp (Technics if it matters) and a record player on the ground floor of one end of my apartment. On the other end, on the second floor, is my computer, which has all my non-vinyl music on it. The music is on an external drive. The computer is an aluminum iMac. Is there a way to get my mp3s to play out of the stereo? Note that at present I have no wireless stuff except a d-link modem and whatever wireless is built into the computer. There are no walls between the computer and the stereo. Please explain it to me as if I was an idiot. A bit more info inside. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 3:30 PM PST - 24 comments

Because "Rush Fall 2009" is so cliche.

Help me design a t-shirt [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 at 3:13 PM PST - 16 comments

How to propose to a book lover?

Proposing to a book lover. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:56 PM PST - 37 comments

To my Yank ear, Marsha from Spaced sounds like Sophie from Naked. Just me?

UK accents for Americans: these two actresses sound similar to me. Is it a regional accent, or are their distinctive speech patterns just similar? [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 2:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Easy, clean slideshow generator for Flickr + Wordpress?

Is there an instant slideshow generator for Flickr albums that a) I can use in Wordpress, b) doesn't make slideshows with black backgrounds, like Flickr's own slideshows and c) is cleaner-looking than Pictobrowser? Pictobrowser is near perfect, actually, except the pixel font bugs me.
posted by kmel at 2:28 PM PST - 1 comment

Unintentional Hilarity

Help me find a Fark comment thread that links to an article containing a viciously angry dog busting through a four month calendar. The article is about the rise of dog attacks in the summer months . . . [more inside]
posted by JakeLL at 2:26 PM PST - 2 comments

Why use a remote when I can use a keyboard and mouse?

Help me build a media PC for my home entertainment unit. [more inside]
posted by consummate dilettante at 2:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Why does one section of one leg get warm?

Why has the left rear quarter of my left leg started to get a "warm feeling" multiple times a day? [more inside]
posted by KirTakat at 2:21 PM PST - 7 comments

E&O important to LA?

When hiring a landscape architect, how useful (or not) is it to apply 'must have professional liability' as a selection criteria? [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman at 2:18 PM PST - 5 comments

"Umm, what do YOU think about my career?" won't cut it.

How do I approach a "career coaching" meeting discussion with my manager? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger at 2:13 PM PST - 4 comments

What iPhone apps are best to track my fitness prgress as I get back into shape?

What iPhone apps can I use to track and manage my fitness progress? [more inside]
posted by chinese_fashion at 2:12 PM PST - 12 comments

What, you're trying to get in National Geographic?

If I remove my nipple ring, will I experience nipple sag? [more inside]
posted by fatbird at 2:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Take my time and mind

Which websites can I get lost in? Which websites can I participate in? [more inside]
posted by djgh at 2:05 PM PST - 12 comments

Study for FM Actuarial Exam

How should I study for the FM 2 Actuarial exam? [more inside]
posted by milestogo at 1:50 PM PST - 2 comments

Decode this morse code for me?

Calling radio geeks! Can you decode this morse code for me? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 1:36 PM PST - 5 comments

After the devastation

How long did it take for radiation to fall to safe levels in Hiroshima after August 1945? [more inside]
posted by yclipse at 1:29 PM PST - 16 comments

What are the plans for the new, taller paperback size?

What are the plans for the new, taller paperback size? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 1:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Where can I find this thespian-themed game?

Does anyone know what this game/toy was that I used to play with? I thought it was called "Let's Put On a Show" but now I can't find it. [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty at 1:22 PM PST - 3 comments

The Fun Can Not Be Halted.

Going to Milwaukee for a wedding next month. Need to rent a car, and would love to try a Nissan cube. Is this even possible? [more inside]
posted by indiebass at 1:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Summer in the Terminal City

Help resolve a dispute among co-workers. Vancouver is a wonderful city, everybody says so. It just doesn't happen to have been built for serious summer heat. Yet now it is hot (and getting hotter) and here we are in a "home office" that will start to absolutely bake in roughly one hour (when the afternoon sun hits the windows). Given that we have no air conditioning and that we are on a deadline this week and so must stay "on the job", how best to keep this place as cool as possible ...? [more inside]
posted by philip-random at 12:53 PM PST - 31 comments

Am I just over-thinking this?

Bringing my iPhone to Europe....how to ensure absolutely no international roaming is charged? [more inside]
posted by Zoyashka at 12:20 PM PST - 20 comments

Can I run a build of Firefox in X11 on OS X?

Can I run a build of Firefox in X11 on OS X (Leopard) in a window manager like BlackBox or WindowMaker? I want to stay fullscreen in X11 for productivity purposes. [more inside]
posted by mikee at 12:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Strategies for getting the cheapest possible airfares

Travelbugfilter: What are some of your tips, tricks, and strategies for getting the best airfares for both domestic and international travel? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 12:10 PM PST - 11 comments

How should I find work as a nurse aide/assistant in New York?

How should I find work as a nurse aide/assistant in New York? [more inside]
posted by learn to read at 12:10 PM PST - 5 comments

i'm taking sides, when it comes to cinnamon

Where can I find tahini bread in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 12:03 PM PST - 3 comments

No more tourist buffets!

How prevalent are unscrupulous tour guides? How do I learn about their back-handed practices? [more inside]
posted by gushn at 11:55 AM PST - 8 comments

I heard something about typhoons, too!

What will the weather be like in Japan at the beginning of September? I have googled and got an idea – warm and rainy! – but have a few specific questions and would welcome personal experience! [more inside]
posted by schmoo at 11:47 AM PST - 12 comments

Open Your Mouth and say...Wha?

So I went into the ER for lower back pain, and the doctor checked my ears and throat....what was the point of that? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea at 11:35 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I change part of a title across several episodes of the same podcast in iTunes?

How do I change part of a title across several episodes of the same podcast in iTunes? [more inside]
posted by booksherpa at 11:27 AM PST - 2 comments

What can I do with an old G4 Mac that involves robots and cameras?

What should I do with an old 450 MHz Sawtooth G4 Mac running OS X 10.2? Assume that it runs well as-is and that I have $100 to spend on accessories. Bonus points to answers involving robots (for which I don't have materials for) and/or digital cameras (for which I do).
posted by infinitewindow at 11:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Why can't I connect to my neighbor's open wireless network?

My downstairs neighbor has given me permission to connect to her open wireless network. The network looks unsecured, doesn't ask for a password, just tells me "unable to connect," except once when it seemed to connect but told me I had a weak or limited connection. The signal is strong. [more inside]
posted by Sia Stewart at 11:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Electric-start Gas Oven Unable to Reach 250+ F degrees (121 C)

Electric-start gas oven unable to reach over 250 F (121 C) degrees--any way to fix or time to replace? [more inside]
posted by erin_trying at 11:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Unplanned Intervention over. Now what?

Unplanned Intervention over. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Have you ever experienced obsessive thinking about somebody?

Have you ever experienced obsessive thinking about somebody, or about yourself (note: not OCD!)? How did you deal with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:45 AM PST - 16 comments

Help Me Stop the Tomato Thief

Somebody is stealing my tomatoes. How do I stop them? [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry at 10:44 AM PST - 30 comments

I could deadlift that weight if I could just bend over that far....

Adding Pilates or other stretching to a weight training routine - how? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks at 10:43 AM PST - 13 comments

Do I confront my wife?

My wife admitted she had a crush on a co-worker, but nothing happened. However, I now know that during her crush, she drunkenly told the guy she liked him and he said he liked her too. She has never admitted this. Things are really good between us now, like when we were first married. Do I let this new piece of information go, or confront her about it? I still have no doubts nothing else happened between them.
posted by anonymous at 10:37 AM PST - 34 comments

Defunct telecoms logo is sooo passé.

How do I remove (can I?) a screen-printed logo from a vinyl (?) bag? [more inside]
posted by softsantear at 10:37 AM PST - 9 comments

“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”

My beloved digital camera just died, and I'm trying to match features. Any suggestions? I don't want it to fit in my pocket. [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari at 10:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find a simple, compact printer scanner?

Recommendations for a compact laser printer + scanner? (Am not looking for an all-in-one with fax option.) [more inside]
posted by cranberryskies at 10:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Cheap + Healthy + Quick = Impossible?

I'm starting grad school and will be living in a residence hall with shared kitchen facilities. I need your ideas for quick, cheap, and healthy meals. [more inside]
posted by sciencemandan at 10:30 AM PST - 20 comments

Is there a one-stop way to make snail mail disappear?

On my list of everyday things that drive me up the wall, snail mail is right up there with cilantro. Please help me make my mailbox disappear. [more inside]
posted by ohyouknow at 9:56 AM PST - 22 comments


Cellular reception is horrible in my area. I get at least 2 dropped calls during my commute to work, and every cellphone I've used is generally worthless indoors. What's the best way to pester my service provider into fixing this? [more inside]
posted by Zeker at 9:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Help with canning peaches

I canned (cold packed) seven pints of fresh peaches yesterday. The lid rings weren't screwed on tightly enough while the jars were processed, so some of the syrup leaked out. The jars do seem to have sealed, however. What should I do about this? [more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller at 9:47 AM PST - 2 comments

The law behind the controversy.

Some legal questions about the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 9:40 AM PST - 23 comments

Am I technically a Malaysian citizen?

Help me solve a mystery about myself: Am I an unknowing citizen of Malaysia? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me plan a Brewster's Millions Birthday.

So it's my wife's birthday soon. She's quite picky when it comes to gifts, and likes shopping, so I'm giving her some cash for her birthday. Only thing is, this seems a bit lame/dull/lacking in thought, so I need a way to make it interesting, and, inspired by the 80s movie Brewster's Millions, I'm thinking about attaching some fun conditions/rules governing the spending of said cash. Now I need help coming up with said rules. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:35 AM PST - 20 comments

Google, it was a funny joke back then-- but isn't it time we moved on?

ReputationRepair: How can I fix the Google Search result that's showing an old name for a group on Facebook? The jokes not quite as funny 6 years later. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:35 AM PST - 5 comments

They got the robbers. Now what?

They got the guys who robbed us. They were arrested but have posted bond and are awaiting trial (I guess). What happens now on my end? [more inside]
posted by kristymcj at 9:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Continuing educational opportunities in humanitarian law

Looking for continuing educational opportunities related to my field (international humanitarian law) to best take advantage of a few months off work. [more inside]
posted by Nothing at 9:17 AM PST - 1 comment

I need a secure alternative to Evernote

Any suggestions on a secure alternative to Evernote? [more inside]
posted by DerekTheGeek at 9:05 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I improve quality and decrease quantity of sleep?

How can I function well on less sleep? [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop at 9:01 AM PST - 17 comments

Could a large influx of culturally-similar refugees help save Detroit?

St. Louis, Missouri lost over half its population from 1950-1990. Since the mid-1990s, 80,000 Bosnian immigrants (coming to represent over 20% of the city's population) have established communities that have saved large areas of housing stock from decay. In which other instances have large, permanent groups of non-migrant, non-domestically employed immigrants been settled en masse helping to shore-up a city that is losing population but otherwise has the infrastructure to accommodate more? Has there been any debate or discussion about hypothetical proposals to encourage something similar in Detroit? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj at 8:58 AM PST - 17 comments

Turn my plain-jane banana bread into a bombshell dessert thingy.

Turn my plain-jane banana bread into a bombshell dessert thingy. [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow at 8:56 AM PST - 21 comments

Yey, Moon?

Planetary magnetic fields and life: Is there any reason to believe that strong magnetic fields on rocky inner planets are relatively uncommon? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky at 8:51 AM PST - 13 comments

Carseat rentals in Germany

Renting a carseat in Nuremburg, Germany without renting a car. Anyone with knowledge about this? [more inside]
posted by dublin at 8:28 AM PST - 8 comments

What document scanner do you recommend for many filing cabinets worth of scanning?

Where can I find recommendations for document scanner to handle what I'd consider "medium - large volume" scanning of our office files? [more inside]
posted by dukes909 at 8:21 AM PST - 7 comments

LobsterFilter: How to pull off a lobster boil for twenty+ people?

On a bit of a whim, my brother who can barely cook a cheese sandwich decided to have about twenty live lobsters shipped out for everyone who is coming to my other brother's bachelor party this Saturday. We're all very much from flyover country (Minnesota), and backyard steaming of lobsters isn't really in our repertoire. How do I help ensure it doesn't turn into a very expensive mess? [more inside]
posted by hobu at 8:20 AM PST - 28 comments

Confoot be gone!

What can I do now to never get "con foot" ever, ever again? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 7:55 AM PST - 17 comments

Name my buns!

I have two new dwarf rabbits in my family and I need some naming help from the hive mind. I've been noodling around names for two weeks now and I'm just drawing a blank. "Bunnnnneeeee!" and "bayyyybbbbeeeeeeee bunny!" just isn't cutting it anymore. Details and (killer-cute) pics inside. [more inside]
posted by _Mona_ at 7:49 AM PST - 48 comments

Shoulder Crepitus: Not improving. Ideas for next steps?

Shoulder crepitus: when I roll my shoulders back, they pop and click many times, like crunching. It has worsened over the past seven years or so that I've worked at a desk. I've tried a few things and have had no relief, although it doesn't seem to be worsening any more. What should I try next? [more inside]
posted by degrees_of_freedom at 7:21 AM PST - 23 comments

Does he need the shots or not?

Asking for a friend about booster shots... [more inside]
posted by o0dano0o at 7:20 AM PST - 1 comment

Brand and model of this shoe?

Can anyone tell me the brand and model of this shoe?
posted by fac21 at 7:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Time zones and PHP question ...

PHP gurus: please help me do something specific with the date function. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 7:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Keepin the story straight

How can I host a member directory for a nonprofit, for free, online, that is password protected? [more inside]
posted by chickaboo at 7:02 AM PST - 2 comments

My Own Personal Thriftstore

I have a lot of clothing to get rid of, but am too disorganised to sell online myself. Given that my friends are time-short too, how can I feel better about the money I've wasted when discarding unworn clothes? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 7:00 AM PST - 33 comments

Last Rugby Game of the Season! featuring: Stitches in my Hand! play/not play?

I have stitches in my hand, and am wondering if it's a bad idea to play my rugby game tonight. Feedback from ruggers and others alike more than welcome :) [more inside]
posted by crawfo at 6:59 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I properly sync Outlook with Google?

I'm trying to find a way to synchronize Outlook Calendar (on Windows) with Google Calendar that actually works - as my current solution doesn't. Bonus points if I can sync contacts as well. [more inside]
posted by mr_silver at 6:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Add views column in MOSS?

microsoftfilter: Using MOSS, how can I add a column to a discussion board list to show the number of times an item has been viewed? [more inside]
posted by smelvis at 6:53 AM PST - 2 comments

Do Mormons make better employees?

Are businesses moving to Utah because Mormons make better employees? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 6:43 AM PST - 23 comments

Say termites took over your mind...

Could an AI zombify another? [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 6:28 AM PST - 13 comments

"On Demand"? Well, I'm DEMANDING already!

Shouldn't I be able to get "on-demand" wireless networks to WORK on my computer? Why can't I? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Man with no personality

Boyfriend's Strange Personality-What Could it Be? [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ at 5:50 AM PST - 66 comments

Monsoon fashion drama!

What to wear during the Indian monsoon season? [more inside]
posted by heartofglass at 5:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Where to eat, drink (coffee) and chill in Old Heidelberg?

Old Heidelberg: where to eat lunch, dinner, drink coffee and read alone? [more inside]
posted by vincele at 5:06 AM PST - 2 comments

Photoshop-Shortcut Filter: How to toggle between layers w/out touching the mouse

Photoshop-Shortcut Filter: How to toggle between layers w/out touching the mouse - basically, I'm looking for and alt-tab option for layers within Photoshop. [more inside]
posted by alrightokay at 4:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Renault Megane windows

How do I persuade Renault to fix their design fault on my Renault Megane. [more inside]
posted by Blackwatch at 4:33 AM PST - 5 comments


MarketingFilter: So. . . I made a tacky (yet delightfully unrefined) t-shirt. How do I best sell it online? [Long jump] [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL at 3:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Shoot Me as Chinese

Where in Hong Kong can I find a photo studio/independent photographer who can shoot me dressed as a Chinese lady? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissItneg at 1:26 AM PST - 0 comments

How to best deal with multiple Chinese suppliers?

Looking for advice regarding Chinese imports. Importing products into New Zealand from a number of suppliers - is there a service that would act as an intermediary for me? [more inside]
posted by mhjb at 12:36 AM PST - 3 comments

Please recommend a VCR repair shop in Portland, OR

Repair/service a twenty-year-old JVC BP-5300U videocassette player in the Portland, OR metro area? [more inside]
posted by cgc373 at 12:28 AM PST - 2 comments

July 26

Need to screen-capture a webpage and video in embedded movie form

How to capture webpage with embedded video? [more inside]
posted by paultopia at 11:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Wifi in Router not working

I have a Linksys wrt160n router with the latest firmware. It works fine when wired with a desktop but not with my wireless notebooks. The Wireless light on the router is ON but wireless devices are not able to detect the network even though everything is in the same room. If I use wires, things work perfectly but not wirelessly. I have reset to factory defaults, tried the power cycle, etc. but still the same issue.
posted by labnol at 11:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Easy Street, maybe?

What does the insult "There are street named after her" mean? [more inside]
posted by srrh at 10:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me find this history of the Atlantic Ocean.

Help me find this history of an ocean/sea: If I remember correctly, it was written by a French historian while he was held as a POW in the Second World War, and was either about the Atlantic or the Mediterranean. [more inside]
posted by carnival of animals at 10:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Rhinoplasty questions

If my nose gets broken, can I get it fixed to look the way it did before? [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis at 10:41 PM PST - 8 comments

I have a week and a half paid time off for an adventure this Sept/August -- Where should I go?

What kind of adventure can I have in a week and a half this September or August? I have about a week and a half of vacation that I have to burn before the end of September and would like any suggestions the hive mind can offer. I'm looking for some sort of cool festivals, experiences or week-long trips that I can take to use this time and have a good adventure (or two). [more inside]
posted by jkl345 at 10:12 PM PST - 14 comments

Michael Clayton's fantasy book about "riverwynders"?

What fantasy book was referenced in Michael Clayton? [more inside]
posted by brownbat at 10:07 PM PST - 1 comment

Question Re: "Tubthumping" Music Video

I was watching the Chumbawumba "Tubthumping" video, and while it's obvious that most of the women in the bathroom scenes are men in drag, I wasn't so sure about one: am I right in saying that the woman we see mouthing to "pissing the night away", "oh, Danny boy, Danny boy", and "don't cry for me, next door neighbor" is the lead singer in drag?
posted by WCityMike at 9:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Name my new Croquet team!

Ideas for name of Croquet team... [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 9:49 PM PST - 20 comments

Opinions re It's Just Lunch in the SFO area

Thinking of trying "It's Just Lunch" in the San Francisco area. Any experiences, good or bad about them?
posted by america4 at 9:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Doing my part for mental health awareness

I want to do something positive for mental health awareness aside from just engaging people on the subject when it comes up. Is there anyone out there I can consider donating my time or money to? [more inside]
posted by silby at 8:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Please help me find Cyclus bags in the U.S.

I've fallen in love with these bags, made in Colombia from used inner tubes. I love everything about them. I live in Austin and saw some recently at this local import store. However, they only had a couple in stock, both of which I think were too small for my laptop, plus there are some styles in the catalog which I love more. The lady I spoke to at the store was unsure if they were planning an order soon, if ever again. Apparently the Cyclus website is currently being refurbed, so I don't think I can order directly from the manufacturer. I did find a couple of sites which carry them, but none were in the U.S. Anyone know how I can get one of these in the States? Thanks in advance!
posted by theperfectcrime at 8:33 PM PST - 4 comments

What was this table/cart used for?

Can anyone identify this antique table/cart? It's raised and lowered using a crank. [more inside]
posted by secretsecret at 8:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Advice on constructing a sellable leash please!

Had an idea for a new design of dog leash and want to make and hopefully sell it. I've had a heck of a time finding a source for all the little locking/clasping components found on your typical leash. How do I find them? [more inside]
posted by my homunculus is drowning at 8:14 PM PST - 6 comments

What are the actual mechanics of fashion trends?

What are the actual mechanics of fashion trends? [more inside]
posted by signal at 8:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Help us plan our Colorado Adventure

My wife and I are planning a backpacking trip to Colorado for the end of August. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by jpdoane at 8:12 PM PST - 15 comments

Where to major in film and the sciences?

My sister is a junior in high school and beginning to look at colleges. We're having difficulty finding colleges which would be a good "fit" for her (film major). Help? [more inside]
posted by elisabethjw at 7:47 PM PST - 39 comments

Can you turn a website into a program?

Is there a way to embed a rendering engine (like webkit), mysql, and php into a program that talks to itself, not the internet? [more inside]
posted by Nonce at 7:06 PM PST - 16 comments

EV RE50N/D-B mic + Olympus LS-10 recorder = hollow, tinny sound

Recordings made using an ElectroVoice RE50N/D-B microphone with my Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Recorder sound quiet, tinny and hollow. Why could this be? [more inside]
posted by BugsPotter at 7:03 PM PST - 9 comments

How to get the boyfriend to the States...?

My better half is trying very hard to move from Eastern Canada to the States. Are there any avenues we haven't explored? Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by Evil Chicken of Doom at 6:59 PM PST - 15 comments

Mac noob not liking the Dock

Long time Windows user just got a 13" MacBook. I'm not liking the Dock that much. Can I modify it or replace it with something else? What alternatives can I consider? [more inside]
posted by fx3000 at 6:12 PM PST - 38 comments

Which bank do I want?

I'm in the market for a new bank and I was wondering if you had any thoughts on the matter? (I miss WaMu already!) [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 4:54 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me make a deal: I do all the work, he has all the money.

NegotiationFilter: An old acquaintance who I trust is giving me the opportunity to invest in a business in which I would do all the work and he would provide all the financing. The amount of money he is talking about is in the mid six figures. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:46 PM PST - 14 comments

Walking on eggshells

Walking on eggshells? How to deal as an adult with a parent who has borderline personality disorder. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Can you help me find an Aerosmith quote about the song "St. John"?

Can you help me find an Aerosmith quote about the song "St. John"? I'm writing an article about how certain songs and other media are catchy and/or sticky. I remember reading somewhere a quote from Stephen Tyler of Aerosmith saying, in effect, that he was surprised that the song "St. John" from "Permanent Vacation" wasn't a monster hit, because it sure seemed catchy to them. Attempts to google search for it just finds me scads of web sites of ring tones and lyrics. Anyone know where I might have seen the quote?
posted by Ubiq at 4:36 PM PST - 1 comment

How can I figure out what size this Cannondale R600 frame is?

How can I figure out what size bike frame this is, and is it a good choice for me? [more inside]
posted by mbatch at 4:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Approaching a Foundation?

How do I approach a foundation to inquire about a grant? [more inside]
posted by tessalations999 at 3:53 PM PST - 4 comments

What Kind of External Monitor Can an ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 Support?

I have a six-year-old Dell Latitude D600 laptop with an ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 GPU. I know it's an old machine and an old graphics chip, but I'd like to consider getting an external monitor. What are my options, if any? [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 3:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Belle Époque Syllabus

Looking for novels, non-fiction, online reading, etc., to help me learn more about the Belle Époque. [more inside]
posted by mmw at 2:57 PM PST - 12 comments

How niche, how personal and how spiritual should a blog intended to brand me be.

How niche, how personal and how spiritual should a blog be that's intent is to brand myself as a unique, and creative professional of distinction. [more inside]
posted by jeffreyclong at 2:33 PM PST - 12 comments

I miss recess

I'm fresh out of college, I have a job I love, and everything's going great. But it would be awesome if I could have more time off, because of a few reasons, and I can afford it... but does anyone do that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:29 PM PST - 32 comments

How can I make the most of my I-10 roadtrip?

I'll be making a 4-day road trip along I-10 from Corona, CA to Pensacola, FL at the end of August. What are the must-do or must see places along the way that aren't more than an hour detour from the interstate? Any food or restaurants along the way I'd be crazy to miss?
posted by pupperduck at 2:28 PM PST - 13 comments

Equipment for doing serious (weighted) back extensions at home?

Equipment for doing serious (weighted) back extensions at home? [more inside]
posted by madmethods at 2:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Kick-ass sci-fi with kick-ass girls

Recommend me some sci-fi with female lead characters! [more inside]
posted by cardamine at 2:11 PM PST - 68 comments

What books would teach me about information and data?

Let's say I wanted to educate myself to sort-of the equivalent of a Bachelor's Degree in Information and Data (not sure what the real degree would be called, but you get the idea). What should be in my syllabus? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 1:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Online writing system?

Online systems for writing teachers? [more inside]
posted by cymru_j at 1:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Instruments in Beijing

Where in Beijing can I buy music instruments? [more inside]
posted by god particle at 1:49 PM PST - 2 comments

Italian wine shops in London?

Where to buy wines from Italy's Piemonte region in London? [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 1:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Sleep management

What is the least amount of sleep you can do with, as an adult without feeling tired or sloppy or disoriented? And How to get the deepest sleep in those few hours? Any tips?
posted by inquisitive at 1:32 PM PST - 38 comments

We need a bulldog minus the 70 pounds of drool and extensive health problems.

My grandma's beloved bulldog just died, so grandma needs a new dog so that well she doesn't go the same way as her bulldog. Help me find a good breed/mixed breed for her to adopt! [more inside]
posted by whoaali at 1:27 PM PST - 26 comments

SQL Challenge

SQL question: Getting all records based on a row-specific criteria [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF at 12:52 PM PST - 6 comments

What's wrong with my cat, and should I take him to the vet?

What's wrong with my cat, and should I take him to the vet? [more inside]
posted by Lobster Garden at 12:49 PM PST - 18 comments

I took MDMA for the first time and have some questions

I took MDMA aka ecstasy for the first time the other night. I was nervous about taking it, but now looking back, I don't regret it at all. I can easily say it was one of my best experiences. But... [more inside]
posted by ascetic at 11:48 AM PST - 65 comments

F for Fake

What's the deal with these fake quarters? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 11:23 AM PST - 14 comments

Red Lemonade in Chicago?

How might one get ahold of Red Lemonade if one lives in Chicago?
posted by eustacescrubb at 11:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Who has been blogging longer than I?

BlogFilter: Is there a reliable directory of blogs? [more inside]
posted by GatorDavid at 11:12 AM PST - 14 comments

Love it or leave it

Which countries are easiest for a US citizen to move to permanently? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide at 11:07 AM PST - 17 comments

Apple's self assigned IP address sucks

Why does DHCP often suck on open WiFis? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 10:58 AM PST - 21 comments

Social Stigma of Buying Used Ring Solely for Diamond?

Used Engagement Ring: I am ready to ask the most wonderful person I have ever met to marry me. However, before I can do that I need a ring. Buying a used ring seems to carry a negative reputation among some people and I can understand some of their arguments. My question is whether buying a used ring for the diamond itself and having a new setting made carries that same negative reputation. And, if I do buy a ring for the stone, will my jeweler have a hard time using it once it has already been in another setting? [more inside]
posted by 2legit2quit at 10:50 AM PST - 44 comments

same ccd, 4k cheaper, but wheres the lens ?

whats the selection of wide angle lenses for the sony alpha 900 ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 10:39 AM PST - 2 comments

LARP-making 101

How do you organise, structure, and run a LARP - particularly one that's a little bit unusual? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 10:36 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me help her help him

What's the best way for a non-computer oriented person to tap into the blogosphere support network for help with her ADHD child? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 10:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Medicaid Discrimination?

HealthInsurance Filter: If a friend goes on Medicaid in dire financial straits, will insurers be able to discriminate against her later? [more inside]
posted by Maias at 10:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Why should I throw out the floating beans?

Quite a few times in recipes I've seen directions to put beans in water and discard any that float after a period of soaking (I've even heard this from you, AskMeFi). Now, I like beans. My question is: why can't I eat those?
posted by evhan at 9:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Esophageal tightness

Mysterious medical malady: reflux, or something more? [more inside]
posted by 1024x768 at 9:45 AM PST - 16 comments

Consequences to mailing drugs?

What possible consequences could there be to attempting to send illegal drugs via mail without a return address? Is there any way the intended recipient could catch shit? [more inside]
posted by nitor at 9:43 AM PST - 47 comments

What fonts does Adobe install on my Mac, and how can I separate them out?

What fonts does Adobe install on my Mac, and how can I separate them out? [more inside]
posted by yesno at 9:22 AM PST - 5 comments

How to earn emergency funds, through Craigslist or otherwise?

What kinds of items can be sold on Craigslist for the most money? (Alternately, what are some jobs I could do for emergency funds, given my unique circumstances?) [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 9:12 AM PST - 15 comments

Going to Vermont!

Help me plan my trip from Boston to Burlington, Vermont next weekend! [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 8:50 AM PST - 5 comments

Vista boot problem

My Vista installation has a major problem. Every time I update my next two boots take in excess of half an hour. My best guess is that the problem lies in the creation of restore points. Has anyone else experienced this problem and how did you fix it? [more inside]
posted by Bonzai at 7:43 AM PST - 22 comments

Buying CDs online

What online music retailers would you recommend? I'm interested in CDs, new and used, preferably from an independent outfit. [more inside]
posted by woodway at 7:37 AM PST - 17 comments

Where can I find my favorite red tea?

Where can I buy Kromland Farm Rooibos tea now that Whole Foods stopped carrying it? [more inside]
posted by ellenaim at 6:54 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I set boundaries around therapy?

I want to go into therapy but exclude certain important areas from discussion. How can I best approach this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:38 AM PST - 37 comments

Where can I find recorded speeches about working in factories during the first half of the 20th century?

Where can I find recorded speeches about working in factories during the first half of the 20th century? [more inside]
posted by hooray at 6:05 AM PST - 3 comments

What to wear for a reception?

What is "summer glamour" for men at a wedding reception? [more inside]
posted by rus at 5:51 AM PST - 16 comments

Spurious NBNS traffic

There's probably a virus on my laptop, how can I identify it? [more inside]
posted by dhoe at 5:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Cool wedding venue near Boston

"Cool" wedding venue in New England? [more inside]
posted by semacd at 5:32 AM PST - 28 comments

Got nip?

Who in your experience is the best online purveyor of good quality catnip that ships internationally? [more inside]
posted by =^^= at 3:51 AM PST - 4 comments

July 25

What is the real reason for [X]?

What is the real reason for [X]? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 11:40 PM PST - 53 comments

Why can't I send a text to Canada?

Why won't this text message go through? (Australian to Canadian phone.) [more inside]
posted by Flying Squirrel at 11:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Qu'est-ce que sais?

Can someone help translate a poem from French to English? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 9:33 PM PST - 18 comments

Why does this farm field have a C.S.I. logo on it?

Why is there a C.S.I. logo carved into this farmer's field? [more inside]
posted by miyabo at 9:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for some fun, easy card games

What fun (hopefully strategic) card games take five minutes or less to learn? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto at 8:27 PM PST - 32 comments

A bang for a buck

What can I use to create a startling, loud, sharp noise? [more inside]
posted by a non e mouse at 8:06 PM PST - 37 comments

How can I re-install Windows?

Trying to reformat a PC. I've had this Dell which has given me nothing but problems since I bought it. Can anyone help me figure out how to wipe it and re-install XP? Degree of difficulty inside... [more inside]
posted by eightball at 8:04 PM PST - 19 comments

Where can I watch/download/buy/whatever the 90s documentary DICEWORLD?

Where can I watch/download/buy/whatever the 90s documentary DICEWORLD? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith at 7:49 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I deal with extended family that I find emotionally draining?

How do I deal with my extended family if every moment I spend with them results in emotional turmoil and descents into deep depression much like their own? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:18 PM PST - 23 comments

Girl who can't come with partners. If sleeping together only winds up making everyone unhappy, why do it?

I'm a girl who hasn't been able to orgasm with a partner. It's been a major issue in my relationships. Is there really any point to having sexual relationships? (explicit but unsexy text) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:01 PM PST - 42 comments

Will these shoes fit my wide feet?

Will these shoes fit my wide feet? [more inside]
posted by jModug at 6:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Saving $$ on AC

From an energy-/cost-saving POV, is it better to ramp down your AC to a lower temp when you're not in the house or using the space, or turn it off completely and then crank up when you're back? What about, say, if you're away for a week or more. I know this is not like heat where pipes can freeze if you turn off. I should know this by now but I don't. Thanks for any advice.
posted by terrier319 at 6:38 PM PST - 11 comments

Mall of America--best hotel to stay and where should I take my 5 year old?

What is a good hotel that is right next to or connected to Mall of America? And what are the "must go to's" for a five year old? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 6:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Cat Repellent Effectiveness

Do cat repellent sprays really work? Thinking of purchasing some expensive leather dining room chairs and I'm concerned about possible damage from scratching. I purchased a sisal scratching post a few months ago and my cat uses it constantly but I'm still nervous. He destroyed a cheap leather computer chair I purchased many years ago. The problem seems to be under control but I'm still worried. Any recommendations?
posted by reidfleming at 6:21 PM PST - 10 comments

I really want to pay my bill, I just don't know how much or who to give the money to

The wife got a bill in the mail (then lost the bill) from either Blue Cross/Blue Shield of South Carolina or the South Carolina State Department of Education. She can't remember which, but does remember that it's a health insurance bill (which for some reason the state department of education has sent to them before, possibly due to the mother in law being a teacher in South Carolina) for roughly $500-600. [more inside]
posted by theichibun at 5:16 PM PST - 6 comments

When should I send my resume?

When should I send my resume online for a job I want to apply for? [more inside]
posted by Midnight Rambler at 4:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can I get an mbox driver for Windows Vista?

Is it possible to get an mbox (not mbox 2) to work in Vista without ProTools LE? Is it possible to find a USB driver for this mbox and Vista? [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 4:40 PM PST - 8 comments

what was wrong with my hummus

my trader joe's hummus had flakes of something or other in it, which I've never seen before. what could this be? [more inside]
posted by fishtacos at 4:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Marijuana dispensary in austin?

Is there a medical marijuana dispensary in austin texas? [more inside]
posted by djduckie at 3:38 PM PST - 9 comments

What's your catnip regimen?

What's your catnip regimen? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie at 3:22 PM PST - 19 comments

When is a job listing too old?

When is a job listing considered too old to apply to? [more inside]
posted by NeoLeo at 3:13 PM PST - 18 comments

Help ID this tattoo on metal dude Kvarforth from Shining!

What is this tattoo? - Nicklas Kvarforth, from the swedish metal band SHINING has a tattoo on his chest that I am trying to identify. Any tattooists or art aficionados may have seen this before - can you help? [more inside]
posted by punkrockrat at 2:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Synology 409 vs. Seagate Black Armor 440

Help me decide: Synology 409 vs. Seagate Black Armor 440 for my next NAS? [more inside]
posted by monkeybutt at 2:14 PM PST - 4 comments

dealing with misdirected email

Misdirected emails -- what to do about them, and can they have any impact on me beyond annoyance? [more inside]
posted by advil at 1:59 PM PST - 19 comments

Staggering Insomnia Almost Seems Preferable

Please hope me get control of my bad dreams until I can resolve their real-world roots. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 1:41 PM PST - 16 comments

You can ALWAYS come home...

Please share your re-nesting experience. Help me avoid getting sucked into the vortex of hometown life. [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy at 1:17 PM PST - 13 comments

My Old (canvas) Kentucky Home

We're taking a camping trip around Eastern Kentucky during the first week of August. What should we do along the way? [more inside]
posted by asuprenant at 1:04 PM PST - 9 comments

How Do I Ace This Test?

Where do you want to be in 3 months/ 6 months/ 1 yr/ 3 yrs within the company? My boss asked me to write a response to this when I challenged him about my lack of career direction. Obviously I have my own thoughts, but beyond that, what specifically is *he* wanting to read when I turn this in? What will help convince him to put me on the fast-track to where I want to be?
posted by forallmankind at 12:36 PM PST - 15 comments

how to mount plexiglas on stainless steel fridge?

I have a stainless steel fridge and a toddler who is learning to walk. I want to mount a sheet of plexiglas over the bottom portion of the door to prevent it from getting dented. I would like this to look decent and be non-permanent so I can remove it when we eventually move. Any ideas on how I could do this? All I can think of is using some kind of tape, but I think that would sag after a while. Bonus for suggestions on how to also stick stuff to the plexiglas so that I can post up my kid's artwork (the stainless steel is non-magnetic).
posted by kenliu at 12:23 PM PST - 24 comments

Swing Swing Swing

BabyFilter: Getting a 4-month old to sleep in a crib instead of her beloved swing...help! [more inside]
posted by sapere aude at 12:22 PM PST - 29 comments

Should I give a dead stranger's book to his children?

I found a neat antique book, and now I've tracked down its old owner. He's dead. Should I offer to give it to his children? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin at 12:22 PM PST - 26 comments

Liar liar

Liar: I found the following picture on my computer. Can someone tell me what film/photo/piece of art this picture comes from? It's such a strange question, I don't even know where to begin!
posted by ashaw at 12:05 PM PST - 3 comments

How to set up a second phone number for a home office, cheap, in Canada?

How to set up a second phone number for a home office, cheap, in Canada? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 11:18 AM PST - 20 comments

For 75 bucks they'd better serve liquid gold

Post-ComicConFilter: Best Sunday brunch in San Diego that's not the Hotel Del Coranado? Near downtown a plus. Views or unusual atmosphere doubleplus.
posted by The Whelk at 10:28 AM PST - 9 comments

What does Daniel Plainview tell Eli?

What does Daniel Plainview tell Eli in There Will Be Blood? [more inside]
posted by jakubsnm at 9:39 AM PST - 13 comments

Suggestions for pet-proof rugs

Seeking recommendations for pet proof rugs (not wall-to-wall carpets) that feel and look great and really work [more inside]
posted by mandapanda at 9:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Do any cars come with a clear license plate cover or shield?

Does ANY car come from the manufacturer with a clear license plate cover or license plate shield? [more inside]
posted by unclezeb at 9:16 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I hang my photographs?

So I really like to take pictures, but I'm bored with framing them. What other cool ideas for mounting or backing large high quality printed photographs are there? [more inside]
posted by wild like kudzu at 8:49 AM PST - 13 comments

Cursed by the wrong cursor

Where, oh where, can I download a right-pointing cursor? I'm left handed (and have set up my mouse accordingly) but it twists me to use the standard-issue northwest-pointing cursor. I have searched Versiontracker to no avail. I'm using Leopard Version 10.5.7, if you care. Yes, yes, I know that there are bigger problems in the world.
posted by BostonTerrier at 8:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Polite responses to nosy friends/family on personal matters?

Any effective but non-offending responses for people who, in the name of being helpful and concerned, I feel are starting to become a bit too close for comfort when it comes to personal problems? [more inside]
posted by KWittman at 8:45 AM PST - 16 comments

Hello RIAA, I'd like to give you some money

Is it horribly expensive to license snippets of music for videos that I share on my blog? [more inside]
posted by IanMorr at 8:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Do you have this tunic...but 3x larger?

Another mom and I were flipping through this catalog and wondering who sells the mom-sized versions of these styles? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 8:01 AM PST - 17 comments

Should I be happy when it comes to SAD lamps?

I know there have been some other questions on SAD lamps, but I'm more interested in whether they actually do make a difference. Anecdotal and empirical evidence are both sought after. Also, recommendations in the UK. [more inside]
posted by jhighmore at 7:47 AM PST - 16 comments

C'mon, dinosaurs, it's time to turn into birds and compete with somebody else

I've become very interested in prehistoric non-dinosaur animals lately, specifically archaeocetes and the evolution of aquatic mammals, but also more broadly. What can I read that's up to date? I'm also very interested in artistic reconstructions of fossil animals. [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 7:36 AM PST - 10 comments

sexual harassment and unwanted attention abroad

How can I, a young woman in a foreign country, stop men on the street from harassing me, or from paying me so much attention? [more inside]
posted by acidic at 7:13 AM PST - 43 comments

Treasure Island -- Which One?

Which edition of Treasure Island was this? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan at 6:41 AM PST - 6 comments

What other substances might show up in a blood test for valproic acid levels?

What other substances might show up in a blood test for valproic acid levels? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 AM PST - 12 comments

How to be a good friend to those in open relationships?

Help me navigate the perils of being a friend to people in an open relationship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:16 AM PST - 20 comments

Stone Piles -- Historical Meaning?

I sometimes see decorative piles of stones in front of --primarily rural-- homes. I like the effect very much. I wonder if there is an historical meaning or symbolism to these stone piles or if it is merely an enhancement.
posted by psc1860 at 6:09 AM PST - 12 comments

And here's GI Jane at the gas station on the way to Seattle...

Help me prepare for my trip! What are some fun/funny things we can do abroad, not location-specific but rather things that have to do with being on a trip? [more inside]
posted by alon at 5:05 AM PST - 20 comments

I want to be a Prommer

I've never been to any of the BBC Proms. Recommendations / general advice? [more inside]
posted by rose selavy at 12:24 AM PST - 11 comments

Arrg, where be this ballet song?

[.mp3 Filter] I am looking for an .mp3 of the song "In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated" by Thom Willems. [more inside]
posted by sepsis at 12:06 AM PST - 4 comments

July 24

How to retrieve shares in UK company

I recently discovered that I am a shareholder of a UK listed company, Anglo Asian Mining Company. I base this discovery on my recent receipt of proxy materials and notice of the annual shareholders meeting, which was held today. I realize the best way to retrieve or have replaced shares of stock in the United States is to contact the investor relations or financial department. This seems like a daunting challenge. Is this the best/only way for me to retrieve whatever number of shares I have in the UK?
posted by Daddysugar at 11:55 PM PST - 2 comments

how do i get my credit report/score?

LearningToBeAnAdultFilter: What is the most accurate, free and legitimate way to get my credit score? I know I'm supposed to be able to get it free once a year, and that there are 3 different reporting agencies.... but.... what do I do? I feel like everyone but me already knows this.
posted by dahliachewswell at 10:50 PM PST - 11 comments

Are cell phones dangerous to babies?

Please help calm an over anxious first time mom. Is it dangerous for a baby to be around a cell phone constantly? [more inside]
posted by Elaisa at 10:24 PM PST - 18 comments

2001 Corolla, Fog Lights Always On

My 2001 Toyota Corolla has spontaneously developed a problem: the front and rear fog lights never turn off, even when the key is out of the ignition. A good mechanic was recommended to me, but he won't be able to see me for several weeks. He warned me to expect to spend $200 minimum. Is there anything I can do in the meantime to try to solve this myself? [more inside]
posted by churl at 9:53 PM PST - 21 comments

Where to begin?

If I want to start listening to [insert artist here] and don't know where to start, is there a website or resource I can use? [more inside]
posted by papayaninja at 9:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Am I really a good kisser?

Almost every woman I've kissed has told me that I'm a “good kisser.” I've spoken to a couple of male friends about this and they've been told similar by the women they've been involved with, which makes me suspicious. How seriously should I take it when she tells me I'm a good kisser? Is this just something that people say to people they’re interested in regardless of accuracy?
posted by anonymous at 9:20 PM PST - 32 comments

What are the notebooks seen in "The Life Aquatic"?

What brands are, and/or where can I find the notebooks used by Cate Blanchett's and Bill Murray's characters in The Life Aquatic? [more inside]
posted by punchdrunkhistory at 8:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Cute Seagull?

I need the cutest seagull picture ever. [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 at 8:50 PM PST - 24 comments

Pasta without Parmesan?

Is there any good replacement for Parmesan cheese in pasta recipes? [more inside]
posted by mellifluous at 8:34 PM PST - 30 comments

I didn't write that.

Someone fabricated a letter in my name. Now what? [more inside]
posted by onhazier at 7:46 PM PST - 22 comments

Big man workout system?

I need a workout system for a BIG man. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:44 PM PST - 11 comments

How safe is the Ivory Coast these days?

Ivory Coast safety? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:44 PM PST - 2 comments

Am I getting a visit from the police this weekend?

Are the police going to come knocking on my door this weekend for an arrest warrant issued on court fines I forgot to pay? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Looking Not to Melt in New Orleans in August

My erstwhile traveling companion and I are going to visit The Big Easy in the dead of August, specifically the 13th - 18th. What would be some activities we could do during the daylight hours to keep cool and out of the sun and are there still any Goth nights or the like to entertain us after dark? We are pale, Gothy types who have been to NOLA a few times but never this time of year.
posted by extraheavymarcellus at 7:33 PM PST - 4 comments

European split beds?

Mattress-filter: I recently took a trip to Germany with my wife and was fascinated by some of the hotel beds there. Unlike some other parts of Europe, there were not two single-person beds, but seemed to be two combined. [more inside]
posted by anjiro at 7:09 PM PST - 4 comments

criteria to choose a heating oil supplier?

Choosing a supplier for oil heating in north-of-Boston; first time homeowner, and first acquaintance with oil furnace. Lots of companies sent us fliers when we bought the house, but what are the criteria for choosing one of them? [more inside]
posted by aimedwander at 7:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Re-purposing found butcher block wood.

Carpentry-Filter: Can you help me identify this butcher block style wood, and figure out how to best cut, sand, and finish it for my project? Pics inside. [more inside]
posted by wfrgms at 5:58 PM PST - 13 comments

What can we do about all these overdraft fees, which we think are unjustifiable?

My girlfriend received $506 in fees for overdrafting about $40 from Bank of America. Is there anything we can do about this? [more inside]
posted by GrooveStix at 5:51 PM PST - 54 comments


I need a creative robotics/mechanical/electrical (engineering) themed nickname for a shirt I'm making. Constraints and criteria below. [more inside]
posted by WilliamWallace at 5:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Big scary decisions are big and scary.

What did you do to choose the next city you moved to? [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp at 5:39 PM PST - 13 comments

that distinctive tilted "e"

Font-filter: Help me identify these two fonts [more inside]
posted by jammy at 5:10 PM PST - 8 comments

What to do about a friend involved in quackery (Theta Healing)?

What to do about a friend involved in quackery (Theta Healing)? [more inside]
posted by kaat at 4:58 PM PST - 14 comments

Japan and Korea--so small but so big

Japan & South Korea Filter: Please help me find things to do in Fukuoka, Japan and suggest places to go as I travel back through South Korea's Busan, Daegu, and finally Gyeongju. [more inside]
posted by Knigel at 4:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find this delicious dressing.

Japanese Salad Dressing - where can I get more of this delicious dressing? [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions at 4:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Don't get a PhD!!! So what are some good alternative careers?

Don't get a PhD!!! So what are some good alternative careers? [more inside]
posted by imalaowai at 4:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Search for Xbox Live gamers via email address

Is there a way to search for xbox live friends by email, the way there is for everything else on the internet these days? [more inside]
posted by billtron at 4:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Identify the Accent.

What accent does June Carter have in Walk the Line? [more inside]
posted by katrielalex at 3:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Is it possible to be allergic to the smell of Coffee?

I have an aversion to coffee but I don't know why. If I'm in the same room with it, can smell it no matter how small a cup, I'm gagging. I have never even had a cup of it. What could be causing this and could this be an allergy? [more inside]
posted by grablife365 at 3:20 PM PST - 21 comments

Give me your awesome laptop finding powers!

The hivemind is usually great at this - please help me find or recommend me the perfect laptop replacement for my much loved but dying Acer. [more inside]
posted by tumples at 3:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Morae for OS X?

Is there an equivalent to Techsmith's Morae for OS X? [more inside]
posted by needled at 3:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Is it possible to manipulate iTunes this way?

I'm putting together this jamband playlist for an overseas trip. Pretty simple, right? [more inside]
posted by Jim On Light at 2:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Please help me inventory my kitchen.

How can I build a home/kitchen inventory? [more inside]
posted by miltoncat at 2:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find my long lost font

Can you help me identify this font? [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 2:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Borked computer will not run utilities

What if it's so borked it won't run Spybot? [more inside]
posted by Breav at 2:25 PM PST - 16 comments

It's really not THAT bad......

I need a less drastic version of "That's like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic" [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom at 2:17 PM PST - 38 comments

Dress me up like my old headless barbie.

I've happily gained some weight recently - now I'm at the size at which I'd like to stay for the forseeable future, would you help me rebuild my wardrobe? [more inside]
posted by teraspawn at 1:50 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I stream HD content from one Comcast DVR to a another TV two stories above?

Does anyone know of a product that can stream HD videos from an HD DVR to another TV two stories above? [more inside]
posted by parakeetdog at 1:18 PM PST - 10 comments

How long should it take to write/update a nonprofit case statement?

How long should it take to write/update a nonprofit case statement? [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 1:16 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I hire, and pay to, a buyer's agent for commercial lease negotiations?

Should I hire, and how do I pay to, a buyer's agent for commercial lease negotiations? Note: I found property myself but the negotiations don't go the way I expected... [more inside]
posted by cst at 1:16 PM PST - 2 comments

Slideshow program for Windows PC

Question for a friend about slideshow programs for Windows PCs. She needs a slideshow display that will show the most recently downloaded picture (IE: newest image in the folder) and is pretty easy to use. Free is better, but not required. Her specific request in her own words inside. [more inside]
posted by FritoKAL at 1:15 PM PST - 2 comments

Did I screw up my friendship breakup?

Yet another friendship breakup question. A very, very dear friend has disappeared from my life during the past three years. We had this amazing chemistry, which we both acknowledged... until she cut me off her life with no explanation. I have three actual questions on friendship breakups. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:13 PM PST - 43 comments

I need a locked slideshow!

I need a mac software solution for this: photo slide show on external monitor (a projector) while the computer is locked [more inside]
posted by ddaavviidd at 1:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Majini in Flames

I'm looking for other classical music that sounds like the "Majini IX - In Flames" track from Resident Evil 5. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga at 1:00 PM PST - 3 comments

What would be the adult equivalent of Axe body spray?

I need a body spray recommendation for a middle age guy. Can anyone recommend anything that won't make me smell like an over-cologned teenager hoping to be the next star of an AXE commercial? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 12:35 PM PST - 26 comments

No Sugar, No Caffeine Nowhere to be found.

Where can I find sugar and caffeine free fountain drinks? [more inside]
posted by Jezztek at 12:30 PM PST - 38 comments

Firefox font troubles.

Firefox (3.5) keeps changing the fonts on me. I need larger than average fonts to see clearly and it keeps resetting back to no minimum size and checking the "allow sites to use their own fonts" box. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by beautifulcheese at 12:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Recommend a roofer

I need a new roof. Can you recommend a roofer? [more inside]
posted by chrisroberts at 12:11 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I creatively research where I'm NOT supposed to go in Central Park?

I'm looking for blogs, photography collections, books, or landmarks I could search on that explore the seamy side of Central Park. I don't need links to specific crimes that happened there, or history timelines. Stuff from the 1980's would be absolutely amazing, but present day is more than fine. If I can't find what I need, how would I safely plan a daytime exploration of the non-touristy Central Park? I am not located in the New York area, but have visited the city.
posted by rainbaby at 12:10 PM PST - 1 comment

How long will it take me to impliment CMS for a client?

How long to deploy CMS? [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Dog at 12:10 PM PST - 11 comments

itunes for the Android?

Tips for mp3 sorting with the G1 (how to replicate iTunes heuristics)? [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire at 11:51 AM PST - 17 comments

What bigg shew?

Can anyone identify the sneakers that Svein (I think, on the right) is wearing on the cover of Röyksopp's album Junior? [more inside]
posted by setanor at 11:33 AM PST - 9 comments

I font to be readable

Why do my Firefox and IE browsers, as well as iTunes, occasionally scramble a word or word part in normal text and instead display foreign characters? [more inside]
posted by paphun123 at 11:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find live, low-key music in (North) Chicago?

Where can I find live, low-key music in (North) Chicago? [more inside]
posted by Seeba at 11:17 AM PST - 13 comments

How long will satellite repeaters last?

Ham Operators: In the event of the apocalypse, how long will satellite-based repeaters last? [more inside]
posted by jsonic at 11:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Reader's Advisory Resources

[LibraryFilter] What are your best resources for (fiction) reader's advisory (children, YA, adult)?? [more inside]
posted by tamarack at 11:06 AM PST - 7 comments

How to influence people positively

How to stay cool with a fellow coworker and encourage them to do a god job at same time? [more inside]
posted by furtive at 11:00 AM PST - 12 comments

photographic white lies

This might be a wild goose chase. But can anyone help me track down any sort of a technical clue for why a white tint very specifically applied to one part of a photo taken in the 1920s – for the purpose of deliberate deception – would have turned a dark, purplish navy color over time? [more inside]
posted by Jody Tresidder at 10:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Please identify this (opera?) song for me.

Please identify this (opera?) song for me. [more inside]
posted by gummo at 10:51 AM PST - 2 comments

WWI, what happened?

What was WWI about anyway? [more inside]
posted by serazin at 10:51 AM PST - 56 comments

Nerdy white girl wonders about hip-hop fashion and subcultural stereotypes.

I am curious about different varieties of hip-hop style (basically, the kinds of things I see cool [mostly] black teenagers and young adults wearing). I'm interested in looking at pictures of it (are there street fashion blogs for this kind of thing?) and also in finding out more about the history, origins, and cultural associations of this kind of dress (anything from academic articles to fashion magazines). [more inside]
posted by bubukaba at 10:37 AM PST - 13 comments

Car design traditions

Can you give me more examples of a design feature that different car manufacturers have kept for several decades...? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 10:29 AM PST - 19 comments

Because I don't want to spend my entire holiday trapped in the house

Cooking Classes? Craftyness? I'm looking for recommendations for things to do in Toronto in the last couple weeks of August. [more inside]
posted by machine at 10:26 AM PST - 7 comments

South LA guided tours?

Anyone know of any guided tours of South Central LA? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 10:25 AM PST - 8 comments

I need help.

I’m suffering from Cyclothymia. My Psychiatrist, who I’ve been seeing for the last one and a half years, could not be reached. My Question is, am I a danger to others? [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy at 10:12 AM PST - 27 comments

Help me make my small apartment cosy instead of cramped

Why are some small spaces cosy while others make you feel claustrophobic? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 10:10 AM PST - 18 comments

Yiannis Ziros in LA?

Looking for Yiannis Ziros. [more inside]
posted by charlesv at 10:07 AM PST - 4 comments

iPhone directory for Ontario, Canada?

I need to find a directory for the iphone in Ontario. I don't know much about cell phones (it's an iPhone he has, in case that narrows it down) and I need to reach my brother. Googling just leads to a confusing advertising no man's land that I don't have any time to sift through now. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat at 9:18 AM PST - 14 comments

Help us have fun without The Almighty Cable

Just moved my boyfriend into a new apartment, and he will be unable to afford cable tv for quite awhile. As admitted boob toob junkies, we are quickly running out of things to do when we just feel like being around the house. Suggestions of fun and relatively budget friendly (under $30 to accomplish, preferably with a re-usability factor) activities to do at home, without the magical box. [more inside]
posted by Gonestarfishing at 9:15 AM PST - 41 comments

Blogs about the twin cities or Minnesota

I'm looking for your favorite blogs about things to do in or around the twin cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) or in Minnesota in general. [more inside]
posted by TheClonusHorror at 9:08 AM PST - 6 comments

What's the optimal amount to spend on this raffle?

There's a monthly raffle at work for 5 parking spaces out back. There are about 30 people in my office. There's no limit to the amount of tickets you can buy. You can only win once. Otherwise, parking costs about $4 a day, or about $80 a month. Raffle proceeds go to charity. What's the optimal amount to spend on this? [more inside]
posted by boghead at 9:04 AM PST - 19 comments

Sumpin' to Read

Recommendations for recent fiction? [more inside]
posted by *s at 8:58 AM PST - 14 comments

What kind of a headache can't be treated by morphine?!

[CancerFilter] Fighting leukemia is bad enough, so WTF with this headache?! [more inside]
posted by buzzkillington at 8:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Warning curves ahead

Is it possible to derive a math function based on the shape of the curve plotted (in x&y), along with additional requirements? I flunked calculus... [more inside]
posted by aseno at 8:39 AM PST - 8 comments

I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike.

How much would it cost me to buy two secondhand bikes near Stockholm, Sweden? And where would I buy them? [more inside]
posted by December at 8:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Help my girlfriend myself or get therapy?

I feel like I'm giving up on my girlfriend by suggesting therapy instead of helping her myself. Am I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:32 AM PST - 27 comments

How do I navigate career limbo and transition from freelancing back to in-house work?

After a few years of full-time freelancing, I'm exploring a return to in-house work. What I've found in the early days of my search is that I'm in a kind of career limbo, a few years overqualified for the mid-level jobs and a few years underqualified for the senior-level jobs. So: How to deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Teach me about Phoenix.

I'm going to college in Phoenix, AZ. Tell me anything and everything good or bad about the Valley of the Sun! [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 8:25 AM PST - 14 comments

I feel bad, but I feel like I need some space when I'm visiting my very sick father

Is it okay if I don't stay with my grandmother when I go visit my sick father? [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl at 8:15 AM PST - 9 comments

What is that strange acrid smell whle showering

My shower (an in-stall water heater) sometimes smells like something rubber is burning. It's a strong acrid smell that I only notice while in the shower and usually only after a sweaty workout. There is no sign of smoke like you would expect with burning rubber. Is this just some sort of weird sweat and treated water chemical reaction? Anybody heard of something like this?
posted by srboisvert at 7:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Glasses make you look ...?

How do you perceive people who wear glasses? Do people who wear glasses notice any difference in how people perceive you when you are wearing them vs. not wearing them? [more inside]
posted by comatose at 7:41 AM PST - 77 comments

Should I pay VAT on an item shipping to the UK from the USA?

I just bought an item online. I am in the UK. The seller is in the US. Payment was made through Paypal and I was charged VAT (UK Sales Tax). Is this a mistake? [more inside]
posted by Del Chimney at 7:13 AM PST - 3 comments

Should a non-citizen be saluting the flag?

Should a non-citizen be saluting the flag? ... We have a friend staying for a couple of weeks who is not a US citizen (we're in the USA). He's here mainly for some formal events some to do with the Boy Scouts. He and I seek the proper advice about various national symbols and the right way for a non-citizen to behave. [more inside]
posted by Xhris at 7:08 AM PST - 36 comments

MovieFilter: Help identify Cyborg flick

I'm trying to find out what specific cyborg movie I remember seeing as a kid. Details are inside, but scarce! [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 at 7:07 AM PST - 27 comments

Wheat-free deliciousness?

Wheat-free cooking ideas? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny at 7:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Advice for 1st Time Homeschooling Parents?

For those of you who home school your children, why did you choose to home school? What teaching approaches and strategies work best for you? Any mistakes to learn from? [more inside]
posted by Otis at 6:59 AM PST - 15 comments

Running errands in NYC

Is there an errand running service like RunMyErrand in New York City?
posted by larsks at 6:58 AM PST - 1 comment

Note Tab

I'm looking for a Firefox add-on that would open a note pad into a new tab. [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix at 6:40 AM PST - 5 comments

What language is best suited for my situation?

I have an Access db that I'd like to write into a stand-alone program, but I need help from the hive choosing the best language. [more inside]
posted by atm at 5:14 AM PST - 17 comments

Nice Things to Do for a Stressed Partner?

Help me help my fianceé! She just had a bunch of new responsibilities added at work and is completely stressed by them. [more inside]
posted by Inkoate at 4:42 AM PST - 18 comments

A Strange and Mercurial Beast

I use Google Analytics to track traffic to my crappy little writing blog. On Wednesday, I had 20 visits from 13 visitors. On Thursday, I had 99 visits from 89 visitors, of whom 95% were "direct link" visitors. This is obviously nonsense. What on Earth happened? [more inside]
posted by Scattercat at 3:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Need a very extended font

Commonplace academic book fonts that have ascii slots mapped out for "dot-under" consonants? [more inside]
posted by yazi at 2:40 AM PST - 10 comments

Can't make heads or tails of it

I got this coin (tails, heads) in a restaurant in Paris and only later realized it was not a 2-euro coin. Does anyone know where it is from? Just curious. [more inside]
posted by natalinha at 2:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Do I really owe this person my business?

Months ago, a seller's agent pushed me into talking to a loan officer she knows. I didn't like the loan officer much and while she gave me some valuable advice, I never really wanted to work with her. I found her pushy and felt she spoke to me like a child. However, eventually, the financing advice she gave has led to making this deal possible for me but I still don't want to work with her. [more inside]
posted by i_love_squirrels at 1:47 AM PST - 19 comments

Buy Yukata and calligraphy (shodo) set in Tokyo

Buy Yukata and calligraphy (shodo) set in Tokyo. I usually don't buy souvenirs on my trips, ever, but if they can be considered tools or clothing, I might go for it. [more inside]
posted by avocade at 12:56 AM PST - 9 comments

July 23

Cats on a plane?

Help me move two cats across the US. [more inside]
posted by sesquipedalian at 9:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Family Political Problem

How to deal with a bullying uncle who hates liberals. [more inside]
posted by samsaunt at 9:08 PM PST - 59 comments

Question about casino record-keeping

Question about casino record-keeping. Let's say I need to prove what someone did at a major national casino on a certain day, approximately two years ago. The person used his player's club card on every game he played, and he used the player's club card to get comped on one meal. The more detailed information I can get about his activities, the better. My question is two-part: (1) Can I expect the casino to still have detailed records of what this person did, or would the records have been purged/destroyed by now? (2) What will it take to get the casino to release the records? (You can assume the person will sign a release for me to get the records, but will not go to the casino in person.)
posted by anonymous at 9:06 PM PST - 19 comments

Birthday gift for a soon-to-be-adopter?

What's a good gift for someone who will be adopting soon? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Help with owl video/info for my toddler!

Owl help needed to placate and amuse a curious and enthusiastic toddler! [more inside]
posted by Ponderance at 7:47 PM PST - 26 comments

A car buyer wants to renege on his offer after he took the car. What are my options?

A car buyer wants to renege on his offer after he took the car. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by mwang1028 at 7:44 PM PST - 21 comments

Who has the best CHEWY peanut butter cookies?

Please help me find the perfect, CHEWY, peanut butter cookie. Requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by invisible ink at 7:41 PM PST - 11 comments

To me do really is a deer, a female deer ...

I just bought an ukulele, and I want to learn how to play it. Thing is, I know nothing about music in general. What should I learn? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace at 7:22 PM PST - 32 comments

Help identify this song!

I'm trying to identify a song that I heard recently in a bar. A short clip of the song can be found here. Bonus question: what style of dance fits this song? I saw some couples doing something that looked similar to a waltz, but in 4/4 time. Any ideas what they were doing?
posted by philosophygeek at 7:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Success stories from or about people in a relationship with someone who appears to struggle with loneliness, anxiety and introversion?

I'm looking for some success stories from or about people in a relationship with someone who appears to struggle with loneliness, anxiety and introversion. Can it be done? [more inside]
posted by ninotchka at 6:55 PM PST - 24 comments

Flash in the Pan.

How come I can't view the baseball video clips on MLB.com linked in this MeFi thread? [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 6:08 PM PST - 18 comments

Wheelchair-friendly dentists in DC area

Wheelchair-friendly dentist in the Washington DC area (Montgomery County MD if possible)? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten at 6:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Have Satellite Dish, Will Watch TV

The house I'm renting has a satellite dish up on the roof, and I'm pretty sure I know where the wall-plug for it is indoors. What kind of equipment and cables would I need to do/buy to easily (and importantly, cheaply) access satellite TV and watch it on my television set? I'm in Australia, if that matters.
posted by Effigy2000 at 5:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Courting someone out of state

I paid in advance for services which I never received, and now I'm out nearly $900. This person moved out of state before I got to file in small claims. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by Lullen at 5:51 PM PST - 7 comments

MovieFilter about young black news anchor

I'm looking for the following movie: late-80s or early-90s vintage dramedy, young black man working for the broadcast news media, fantasy sequences that somehow focused on the protagonist being "not black enough"! [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 5:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Thanos is intriguing. Who else?

In your opinion, who are the best alien super-villains? Difficulty: I'm only interested in those that originated from comic books. [more inside]
posted by np312 at 5:35 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me avoid Sleepers!

Boarding school - bad or good? [more inside]
posted by getmetoSF at 5:09 PM PST - 42 comments

Name of a movie

I am looking for a name of a movie that came out I think in the 60s or late 50s. I think it took place in the jungles of South America. A group of people are trying to track across the jungle and they are being attacked by headhunters. I know at the end there is a big fight by a river and in one scene a guy is wounded in a cart and holds up a gunpowder barrel that causes an explosion and they defeat the headhunters. Anyone with info please let me know.
posted by Ron Ducz at 5:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Poodle Attempts to Destroy Household Harmony! Barking and Peeing Popular Weapons!

Help us de-neurose, de-jealous-ize my cranky canine please! [more inside]
posted by amelioration at 4:52 PM PST - 17 comments

I once was found, but now am lost - iPhone location-based fail!

When in my basement apartment, iPhone OS 2.0 could locate me within 10m of my actual coordinates; OS 3.0, on the other hand, thinks I'm 700m down the road. What gives? [more inside]
posted by onshi at 4:45 PM PST - 5 comments

I need to Shift into a higher plane of typing!

I am looking for a typing program that will force me to use the right shift key for left hand letters, and the left shift key for right hand letters. [more inside]
posted by brenton at 4:10 PM PST - 18 comments

Local Profile Not Found...Wha???

I recently logged onto my computer (Windows XP), and it said "profile not found". Help, please! [more inside]
posted by too bad you're not me at 3:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Finding a new reflecting pool

Once upon a time I found myself in an amazing chat room where people actually discussed spirituality, politics, dreams, ologies etc...and did so in a respectful manner. This room was very engaging, challenging and inspiring and I am searching for a new discussion group or chat room that is similar in its dynamic. Any suggestions?
posted by gypseefire at 3:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me stay out of prison in authoritarian countries.

Doing research in authoritarian countries. What is your experience? [more inside]
posted by proj at 3:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Cooking Gurus: Educate me in the way of the freezer

I want to pre-make most of my meals ahead of time. How do I store them in individual servings? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl at 3:17 PM PST - 28 comments

Compute MD5 hash value?

What's the easiest way to compute the MD5 hash value of a file? [more inside]
posted by chitlin at 2:57 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me understand atonal music

I've been trying to branch out my musical tastes, and have started recently to listen to atonal and serialist music (Boulez, Schoenberg, Webern). There is something about it that I like, but I'm not quite sure what it is, and I feel like if I knew more about the music in question I could better appreciate it. [more inside]
posted by Frankieist at 2:38 PM PST - 16 comments

Make me Tony Robbins, or some reasonable facsimilie thereof

I'm curious to know of any reputable life coaching certification programs. I think I might be interested in this as a potential career path, but am having difficulty sifting through moutains of info. [more inside]
posted by jasondbarr at 2:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Portable computers not so portable...

LaptopSetUpFilter: Between my wife and I, we have two laptops that spend unequal amounts of time in different rooms. We can't seem to figure out a system where laptops and cords and everything else get strung around between two rooms. Advice/personal experiences requested. [more inside]
posted by SNWidget at 2:15 PM PST - 21 comments

Video K. Corral

Videoconferencing gurus: Software-based MCU/phone bridge instead of hardware-based? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 1:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Burnt-out Grad Student Seeks Grammar Help

I want to ask several questions in a row in a research proposal. What is the grammatically correct way of doing this? [more inside]
posted by hiteleven at 1:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Witches and homosexuality

Witches and homosexuality: looking for reputable and/or academic studies on the relationship between witchcraft (historical or contemporary) and homosexuality. thanks.
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 1:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Useful workspaces now that I have a huge extended desktop?

I scored a huge monitor for free! Tips for video editing/motion graphics workspace layout? [more inside]
posted by jtron at 12:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Downloading MP3's of vinyl records?

MP3 download solutions for short-run vinyl record label? [more inside]
posted by monkeymike at 12:42 PM PST - 16 comments

What chance does our cat have of recovery after seizures and coma?

Cat in recovery from suspected poisoning. Came out of post-seizure coma, now has suspected blindness, partial paralysis. What do we do next? [more inside]
posted by geekgirl397 at 12:37 PM PST - 20 comments

Where to host 90th birthday party for 30 people near Providence, RI?

Where to host 90th birthday party for 30 people near Providence, RI? [more inside]
posted by boulder20something at 12:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Joomla giving a blank page, but why?

Joomla filter: Got a blank page after editing text of a module, but why? [more inside]
posted by asciident at 12:03 PM PST - 4 comments

I need to transcribe some stuff, get some audio from A to B

My library is doing oral histories with a Canon HD video camera, then migrating them into iMovie to eventually edit and burn to DVDs to store. I've been tasked with the tech-side of this, a job I'm woefully unqualified for. I need help converting iMovie files into some sort of audio format to transcribe them! [more inside]
posted by booknerd at 12:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Birthday Gift for sister

Hey, my sister is turning 21 and she just finished a 4-year undergraduate degree and has been accepted in Med School in the fall. What cool gift can I get her (possible Med School related) Thanks
posted by happydude123 at 11:52 AM PST - 30 comments

Firefox Crashing on Mac every 5min

Firefox on my iBook keeps crashing :( [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 11:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Scary kids' show with a monster in the bed?

My brother is trying to locate a kids' show/movie from the late 90s involving a monster that moves through a child's bed. [more inside]
posted by arianell at 11:36 AM PST - 6 comments

Lake District via train

Will be taking train from Edinburgh to the Lake District and staying there one night before I take another train to London. Which part of the Lakes should I visit (and how), that will provide maximum convenience and gorgeousness? [more inside]
posted by swimmingly at 11:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Help Me Do OK in Cambridge

Advice wanted for a strange stay in Cambridge from natives, exes, current residents, former visitors, and anyone else with an opinion. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:26 AM PST - 21 comments

Should I miss Rosh Hashanah for a friend's wedding?

My first year as a Jew--Should I attend an old college friend's wedding--on Rosh Hashanah? [more inside]
posted by safran at 11:23 AM PST - 32 comments

Delicious date-based falafel seasoning

Help me find a date! Powdered dates, that is, in Seattle. [more inside]
posted by hattifattener at 11:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Is it possible to build or join a tight knit group of friends after you're out of your young 20's, etc?

Watching this video should have made me smile. Instead it has brought me to the sad and striking realization that I'm getting older, and have lost a lot of the meaningful connections I had through my younger 20's. Is it possible to get that sort of thing back in your 30s? [more inside]
posted by twiggy at 10:55 AM PST - 22 comments

I'm descended from Spanish kings and don't you forget it!

Hispanic-Americans, I have a question. Do you accent your name? [more inside]
posted by zeraus at 10:49 AM PST - 32 comments

Poster Art Filter: Looking for a poster spotted in The Sarah Silverman Program.

I'm looking for a poster I saw on an episode of The Sarah Silverman Program. Here's a screen cap: http://i27.tinypic.com/e0o0n5.jpg Can anyone help me find what it is, or who the artist is? Thanks!
posted by toekneebullard at 10:40 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm not a chef, but I DID stay in a Holiday Inn last night...

I recently made homemade chili rellenos. They were delicious. Yay me! However, the process of making them was tedious... [more inside]
posted by matty at 10:33 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me find that lovin' feeling!

I'm not sure if this is an actual lingerie outfit or not, but I'd like to buy it (or something really close) for my wife. I challenge you to find an online source! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:13 AM PST - 33 comments

Creating a map image from a geotagged image?

Is there a Windows or OS X utility that takes a geotagged JPEG image and generates an image of a map containing a pushpin or dot showing the location where the image was taken? [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 10:12 AM PST - 6 comments

What's with people oiling their hair and sticking the bangs to their forehead?

There seems to be a trend among older women, at least in Baltimore (mainly African-American ladies, but I have seen Hispanic and Caucasian women do this as well), of matting down hair with some sort of oil. The goal seems to be to get as much hair as possible as close to the scalp as possible. The bangs are then stuck to the forehead, and it looks like this is purely oil based. As I haven't yet had the kahones to ask one of these lovely ladies what's up with the hair, I was hoping someone knew: A. What sort of product is being applied to get this "just out of the oil bath" look? B. Is this an every morning thing, or do you apply just once a week? Once a month?
posted by ichthuz at 10:09 AM PST - 25 comments

Congratulations! You're a survivor! I'm sorry. You had cancer.

What does one say to a cancer survivor when they tell you that they're a cancer survivor? [more inside]
posted by Barry B. Palindromer at 10:03 AM PST - 35 comments

"The great affair is to move."

In September I'm flying to Chicago to meet some friends. We'll be driving a van from Chicago to New York. What are some interesting things to do along the way? Is there anything especially weird that we should stop to see? [more inside]
posted by anoirmarie at 9:37 AM PST - 9 comments


What is the best introductory level Portuguese textbook? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 9:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Fabulous flower folk, please help!

A flower question in three parts: 1) what are these flowers: a1; a2; b1; b2? (I included versions w/my hand to show scale, since I have a lot of trouble figuring that with most internet pix) 2) what are other potted flowering plants that will do as well as these in my climate/situation? 3) Help me help myself? Suggestions for plant/flower identification sites. [more inside]
posted by taz at 9:32 AM PST - 18 comments

24-hour crucifix emporium near London Bridge? Too much to ask?

I live in London. My housemate will be baptised a Catholic on Saturday. I'd like to get him an appropriate gift, but am too much of a useless heathen to know where to start. [more inside]
posted by Acheman at 9:27 AM PST - 26 comments

How to find a immigration case decision?

How can I find the decision for the immigration case for the "heretical two"? [more inside]
posted by dragoon at 9:17 AM PST - 2 comments

Why are you still here?

How should we deal with our roommate's (long term) uninvited guest? [more inside]
posted by HumuloneRanger at 9:06 AM PST - 28 comments

My lymph nodes are the pits!

I'm about to schedule my third sonogram on some lymph nodes. But when should I do it? Anyone else have their armpit lymph nodes removed for biopsy? I'm trying to plan two major travel/vacation events around this as well. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 8:59 AM PST - 5 comments

How to help someone who won't help themself

How do I deal with a spouse who is overweight and unhappy about it? He has been in this situation for 10 years. I’ve tried to be supportive, but I’m getting tired of hearing him complain and not seeing him do anything concrete to get results. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:58 AM PST - 34 comments

I.T. Lingo

Give me your best I.T. related words, phrases, and aphorisms. I have worked in a variety of companies, all of which seem to have some interesting lingo and vernacular. I am not looking for stuff like 'cookie', and 'firewall'. More along the lines of: 'Going Dark' - when developers grab a requirements document and disappear for months, 'Snowflake' - a server that has been modified to the point of being unique, fragile, and unrepeatable. Phrases would include things like 'The problem is between the chair and the keyboard', 'XYZ consulting is just a body shop', or 'Those legacy systems are sunsetting'. Help me collect colorful I.T. lingo and proverbs.
posted by jasondigitized at 8:57 AM PST - 71 comments

Archaic Philips equipment birthday gift halp?

Can you help me figure out exactly what these potential gifts are for an audiophile/electronophile friend? "Philips CDI player, preferably with a mpeg video cartridge" and/or "Philips DCC unit or deck, whichever it is called." [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Discussion Filter: You may be PSYCHIC. Please help me define this term!

I have experiences that (I assume) mostly seem to be me picking up on people's body language and then intuiting things others might miss....but sometimes I get accurate pictures in my head from folks when they speak to me (places, etc.) and there have been times when I've had very accurate premonitions. These premonitions have been verified/documented, so it isn't like I'm making it up after the fact. Does this happen to you, too? What is it?? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:52 AM PST - 20 comments

Tattoo in Philly

Where can I get a good tattoo in the greater Philadelphia area? I would like to get a Celtic arm band and have been told it would be a 4-6 month wait at my local tattoo parlor; this doesn't seem reasonable wait to me but I'm a tattoo newb so any advice or recommendations would be appreciated.
posted by anonymous at 8:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Is a DIY WeeGee Era Flash possible?

How can I fake the tools of the 1930/40s paparazzi trade? You know what I mean, those wonderful speed cameras with the huge flashes. Assuming I can come up with some kind of land or speed camera, all I need is the flash. But flashbulbs are expensive, and vintage flash equipment is hard to come by - thanks, Star Wars fans! So might it be possible to build my own WeeGee-esque flash gun? Perhaps the body could be steel or copper tubing, plus a scavenged reflector of some sort. Where I'm stuck is the flash itself and the means of making it pop. [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand at 8:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Professional Writing Program

Can you recommend a great professional writing certificate program? [more inside]
posted by jschu at 8:45 AM PST - 2 comments

Patching Over Things

Brainstorming filter: ideas on properly appreciative ways to returning a borrowed book to once-a-friend and ways to salvage our friendship? [more inside]
posted by hedonic.muse at 8:32 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I best store a memory foam mattress topper

How do I best store a memory foam mattress topper? Can I keep it folded, rolled, or otherwise compressed? [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 8:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Guy seeks advice on helping reduce girlfriend's clutter

My partner has a lot of physical clutter in her life. I have relatively less. We've been living together for almost a year, and it's slowly driving me insane. Please hope me have a productive discussion about this with her. Yes, this is going to be one of those relationshipfilter questions, and there's ... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:01 AM PST - 43 comments

Loved it! Hated it!

What do you love about popular books on society, history, and human sciences? What do you hate about them? [more inside]
posted by carmen at 7:57 AM PST - 19 comments

Is there a way I can jerry-rig an Hp Photosmart 3310 so I can use just the scanner?

Fairly Urgent: Can I get this HP Photosmart 3310 All-in-One to scan sans ink cartridges? [more inside]
posted by romakimmy at 7:45 AM PST - 5 comments

What are the best options in motorcycle gloves?

What kind of motorcycle gloves should I buy? Bonus question: where can I buy them in Chicago before this weekend? [more inside]
posted by burnfirewalls at 7:38 AM PST - 14 comments

Input:Bitmap Output:Vector

I am looking for a program which accepts a raster image as input, and which outputs an engraving-like black and white vector image. [more inside]
posted by fake at 7:28 AM PST - 25 comments

Inner-tubing near Philadelphia?

Where can we go tubing near Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by catesbie at 7:19 AM PST - 7 comments

Are there any programs like Tofu for Windows?

Are there any programs like Tofu for Windows? [more inside]
posted by timetoevolve at 7:16 AM PST - 4 comments

Nutrition books for my favorite ballerina?

What books/websites about nutrition would you recommend for a serious ballet student in her teens? [more inside]
posted by corey flood at 7:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Processing payments quickly

What are point-of-sale solutions for a charity auction? [more inside]
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 6:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Does high octane gas matter?

I have recently acquired a 1988 Toyota pickup with 126k miles. Is it worth it to use higher octane gas? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 6:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Helsinki for a Day

Headed to Finland for work in late August. I am staying two extra nights in Helsinki. What should I see? [more inside]
posted by chiefthe at 6:42 AM PST - 5 comments

How do you shape the perfect hamburger patty?

Grilling MeFites: How do you shape the perfect hamburger patty? [more inside]
posted by deezil at 6:30 AM PST - 25 comments

A Certain Kind of Album Recommendation

Can someone recommend a jazz pianist CD for me that sounds like Seth Kaufman's Cascadilla? [more inside]
posted by scunning at 6:21 AM PST - 4 comments

The ideas, what to do with them?

How do I force myself to write? I have the ideas...I have the time, I think I even have the skill. I just don't have the follow-through. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 6:14 AM PST - 31 comments

Married in a Catholic church? What was Pre-Cana like?

I'm wondering if others can share their experience with the Pre-Cana classes/process before getting marred in a Catholic church. I've looked online and found very vague descriptions and I'd really like to know what we're going to be involved in. Especially interested in the FOCCUS test they have you take (I haven't been able to find sample questions and I really want to know what sort of things they ask to see if you are 'compatible'. Please share as much as you can or are comfortable with.
posted by mittenbex at 5:58 AM PST - 17 comments

Slow faucet needs more pressure.

I need some plumbing help with regards to a slow faucet. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 5:13 AM PST - 13 comments

Travel insurance reccomendations for an unusual trip!

Any travel insurance recommendation for an unusual trip to Peru? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 5:01 AM PST - 1 comment

Painted my self into a technical corner with theory paint. Help.

I'm here to enrol in web kindergarten. How do I get started on a likely-to-become-extremely-complex website build when I... ahem... haven't designed anything for the web before? [more inside]
posted by lottie at 4:54 AM PST - 14 comments

Litfilter: Obsession

Litfilter: Obsession [more inside]
posted by sundri at 4:46 AM PST - 30 comments

When do UK mobile providers change their prices on newer phone models?

When could I expect contract price for the new iPhone and HTC magic to come down (UK)? [more inside]
posted by K.P. at 4:08 AM PST - 2 comments

Anyone try the "wake up on time" pill?

Has anyone tried the "wake up on time" pill and can comment on it's effects.
posted by bumper314 at 3:19 AM PST - 19 comments

Name that citation please!

Original citation for the quote "What gets measured gets managed?" [more inside]
posted by Mrs Mutant at 3:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Where can I find breakouts information for stocks in Hong Kong (mainly) and other countries , like what www.advfn.com is doing for UK stocks?

Where can I find breakouts information for stocks in Hong Kong (mainly) and other countries , like what www.advfn.com is doing for UK stocks? [more inside]
posted by cluelessguru at 2:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Mobile phone roaming in Norfolk Island

Is it possible to use my mobile phone with Vodafone-Australia sim card in Norfolk Island? Is roaming enabled? I tried to get help from Vodafone call center, they couldn't give me a definite answer.
posted by neworder7 at 2:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Cologne Nearby Countryside?

Colonge - need to get out to countryside and end up in a few days later in Munich. [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 2:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Thumbprint as signature y/n?

Pros & Cons of using thumbprint as signature? [more inside]
posted by gomichild at 2:02 AM PST - 12 comments

(MS)SQL Query within a Query

I have a basic sql query which returns all jobs run between specified dates as follows: SELECT job_id, starttime, size FROM job_history WHERE (starttime > FromDate) AND (startTime < ToDate) But I also want the query to return the previous size for that job_id [more inside]
posted by xla76 at 1:09 AM PST - 4 comments

Is my monitor dying or is it something else?

Is my monitor dying or is it something else? [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 12:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Good publisher of Italian classics?

Good publisher of Italian classics? I ask only this: the text is as it was first written, the book is free from the pollution of study notes. I suppose I'm looking for the Italian equivalent of England's 'Oxford University Press', or Germany's 'Reclam'.
posted by vespr1610 at 12:37 AM PST - 4 comments

July 22

It's a podcast about something!

What are some educational (yet interesting) podcasts? [more inside]
posted by Dreamcast at 11:57 PM PST - 21 comments

Why can't i quit her?

My girlfriend and I broke up about 3 months ago now. However, we have been in contact regularly (after about a month and a bit of zero contact) since then and have seen each other on occsasion. When im not busy i find myself always thinking about her, and things constantly remind me about her. Im not 100% sure about getting back together with her, what should i do? [more inside]
posted by jdp at 11:30 PM PST - 16 comments

A good hotel by the new Dallas Cowboys stadium?

Best / cheapest hotel to stay at by the new Dallas Cowboy's stadium? [more inside]
posted by cowmix at 10:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Obscure Kids Book Filter

Children'sBookFilter: Help me find any awesomely simple children's book from my childhood [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 10:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I have the career I want and my family too?

How do I deal with enormous pressure from my parents? I apologize for the length, and thanks in advance for your advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:43 PM PST - 59 comments

What is a Cheap/Reliable Way to Move Out of State?

I will soon be moving from Southern California to Spokane, WA to attend Law School. I am looking for a good (cheap reliable) way for my wife and I to move some of our belongings up there. [more inside]
posted by mephesta at 9:04 PM PST - 11 comments

no noise

Macbook pro sound problem. Some sounds only heard through headphones. [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults at 9:04 PM PST - 6 comments

How to Submit Query to Magazine?

How does one submit a professional query to a national magazine? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 8:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Offer music at a wake?

I've recently learned that someone I used to know from when we were both much younger, has died. I knew him only in the context of church and we'd pal around on those Sundays, but we hadn't spoken in years. It's been suggested to me, by my parents, who still attend the church (I don't), that I might play some music at the wake, since I'm a violinist. But it seems to me this might be inappropriate for a few reasons. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:20 PM PST - 10 comments

What would you do, at home in the evenings, if you couldn't surf the web or play computer games?

What would you do, at home in the evenings, if you couldn't surf the web or play computer games? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:20 PM PST - 40 comments

Where can I find volunteer opportunities in SF?

Looking for interesting volunteer opportunities in San Francisco [more inside]
posted by firemonkey at 8:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Point A to Point Oh Dear God

Do you have your very own (non-pilfered) shopping cart? I may be selling my car soon, and need a liveable way of lugging groceries. [more inside]
posted by notquitemaryann at 8:10 PM PST - 27 comments

DIY Backround checks

How do I become my own private investigator [more inside]
posted by 1830 at 7:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me make a happy house

Is it possible to be a domestic goddess AND have a full-time job? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by cloudsandstars at 7:12 PM PST - 27 comments

Why no strike strategy in Iran?

Why hasn't Mousavi called for a general strike?
posted by bardona at 7:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Should I buy a car right now?

Weighing the pros and cons of buying a car in the near future. Should I? (And if so, what should I get?) [more inside]
posted by LolaGeek at 7:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Jobs buying low and selling high?

What careers mainly involve buying low and selling high by knowing a market in great detail, in part by making contacts and in part by combing through reams of information - and how does a college student get an entry level job in them? NOT interested in entrepreneurial suggestions, or things that require much theory or advanced mathematics (no i-banking/hedge funds) - more emphasis on information-gathering and shrewdness. What reasonably solid jobs might there be and what's the entry path (recommended academic background, internships, etc.)?
posted by shivohum at 6:30 PM PST - 15 comments

Unable to connect with anyone

I have a problem that has been stuck with me for as long as I can remember. I can't connect personally with anyone I meet at all -- I don't think it's a matter of bad social skills, but more of a matter of not really having any common interests...but I'm not sure about that either, which is why I'm here. [more inside]
posted by formaltide at 6:28 PM PST - 29 comments

How does silica lower a tire's rolling resistance?

Physics/chemistry/tire tread composition filter. Why does adding silica to the rubber compound in a tire tread reduce rolling resistance? [more inside]
posted by tronec at 6:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Determined to be as Paper-Free as possible.

How does a graduate student manage in a paper-free environment? [more inside]
posted by margaretlam at 5:57 PM PST - 22 comments

I need GPS or surveying help in finding property markers

Any map/orienteering/surveying experts in the MetaHouse today? I need help finding my property markers. [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 5:52 PM PST - 12 comments

Soul food in Chicago?

Where can I find pickled okra in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by honeybee413 at 5:26 PM PST - 9 comments

The most credible voice in the world

Who is the guy who does the narration for the PBS Frontline series? I have always thought he has the most interesting and uniquely credible voice in the world. I know he is doing the Dos Equis commercials now, but has he done anything else? Any other presenters with voices I might like? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 5:07 PM PST - 10 comments

I-84 lodging needed in NY state

Where can we stay tomorrow night (7/23) not too far off Route I-84 in New York state, hopefully west of the Hudson? Motel or B&B okay.
posted by sevenstars at 5:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Crazy Mama Drama

FamilyDramaFilter: My Ex has been receiving curiously specific messages from a new Facebook 'friend' regarding our breakup. All signs point to this person actually being my mom. After questioning her via email, I have been sent two denials, the last quite vociferous. I'm pretty sure she is lying. How should I proceed? [more inside]
posted by camneely at 4:46 PM PST - 21 comments

Churches with weekday services near Westborough, MA?

Does anyone know of churches with weekday services in the Boston Suburbs (Westborough/Southborough/Shrewsbury/Framingham/Natick, etc) area?
posted by bobdylanforever at 4:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Painting a 3D model in Photoshop CS4

3D in Photoshop CS4: How can I use the stamp tool to paint an image over a curved area of a model? [more inside]
posted by Sufi at 4:11 PM PST - 1 comment

Move to Portland hold out?

Move to Portland in a year or stay in San Diego, presuming we can buy a house outright? [more inside]
posted by veritas at 4:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Ever heard of Twine Time?

Help me identify a Texas Hill Country live music venue. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 3:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I get my PC to use this Mac-based USB device?

Help me set up this USB infrared receiver for my PC. The machine doesn't recognize it when I plug it in. [more inside]
posted by kjackelen05 at 3:58 PM PST - 1 comment


My male partner can only reach orgasm in one sexual position. This doesn't bother me, but I think it would be fun to experiment and see if we can change things up. NSFW. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Gaaaaaaaaaaah brain huuuuurts.

How can I extend my concentration for longer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Forgotten picture book about the transformation of a neighborhood

A question from the Mojodaughter regarding a forgotten children's picture book : "The book begins with a with a street full of houses that all look the same, until one day a bird drops a can of paint onto the roof of a man's house... [more inside]
posted by mojohand at 3:38 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I tell if I really want to date somebody, or I just want their attention?

How can I tell if I really want to date somebody, or I just want their attention? [i apologize for rambling, inside] [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:29 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I adapt to fix problems with long-term girlfriend's family? (semi-long explaination, sorry)

How do I fix problems that've (apparently festered for a while) sprung up between my girlfriend's family and I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:28 PM PST - 27 comments

No more humans

What is the name of this environmentalist group which aims to rid the world of humans? [more inside]
posted by wigglin at 3:27 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm looking for small sporty headphones that aren't in-ear models.

After several years use of iPod headphones, I'm fairly sure I've damaged my ears listening too loudly with earbud style headphones. I have no interest in in-ear headphones, but my question is: is there an alternative to earbuds and in-ear that provide decent sound quality and are functional to use while exercising? (this rules out giant over the ear cans as well) I've seen behind-the head wrap-around headphones but they're usually cheap and tinny -- is there a high end version of those style that I could wear while sweating? [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 3:24 PM PST - 16 comments

If you were travelling the world, what geek tools (software & Hardware) would you take to help on your trip?

If you were travelling the world, what geek tools (software & Hardware) would you take to help on your trip? [more inside]
posted by thelost at 3:21 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I deal with my acute feelings of shame?

I feel intense, acute, brief episodes of shame every day, several times a day. What can I do about them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:45 PM PST - 29 comments

Find Me a Useful Digital Photography Text

Recommend me a photography textbook that emphasizes "the fundamentals" and is aimed at DSLRs. [more inside]
posted by awenner at 2:31 PM PST - 12 comments

Selling a large CD collection the right way

I want to sell my large CD collection. But what's the best way to do it without getting horribly screwed? [more inside]
posted by kuperman at 2:25 PM PST - 13 comments

How were SATs scored before the 80s?

I'm having trouble finding the score range for the SATs in the 60s and 70s. Did the SAT always add up to 1600 pre-2005?
posted by geoff. at 2:22 PM PST - 16 comments

Questions about Lubbock, TX

Moving to Lubbock, questions about Cable/Internet providers (suddenlink vs NTS), dining, and more. [more inside]
posted by dolemite01 at 2:19 PM PST - 2 comments

I need general advice about bicycle commuting and specific recommendations for Seattle.

I need general advice about bicycle commuting and specific recommendations for Seattle: where to live for commute to UW, bike shop recommendations, must have equipment, neighborhoods to avoid, good routes and trails, and the like. [more inside]
posted by GPF at 2:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Is this dog compatible with our family?

Our recently-acquired dog has been having some major behavior problems and showing some aggression that worries us because we also have a 6-month old child. We've been taking the dog to training classes but so far it hasn't been fruitful. Should we give him back? (TLDR details inside) [more inside]
posted by Happydaz at 1:52 PM PST - 29 comments

raid 0 recovery

Is there any way to recover the files from a RAID 0 setup in a different computer? [more inside]
posted by Iax at 1:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Doing well at a job I'm overqualified for

What can I do to thrive and forward my career in a job I am overqualified for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Politely communicating that your site needs a total makeover

How does a lowly unpaid blog contributor tell his/her bosses that the whole site needs a major redesign? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Ummm...you put your weed in there.

What the frack is a roor? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on at 1:23 PM PST - 19 comments

Where did this mystery song come from?

Trying to track down the source of a very early ('82) Minsitry song. [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon at 12:53 PM PST - 1 comment

It's like drinking your salad!

I need your best gazpacho recipes! [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb at 12:43 PM PST - 17 comments

Men's suit in Chicago

Looking for a men's suit in Chicago. I have an idea what I want, but I don't know where to look. Any pointers are appreciated. [more inside]
posted by echo target at 12:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Can I make Firefox 3.5 ignore my visits to certain domains?

Can I make Firefox 3.5 never remember history (but still save cookies and cache pages) for certain domains automatically but remember history normally for everything else? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 12:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Can you hear me now? No? Good!

Working out a situation where I would have an iPhone on Verizon's data network and wondering if anyone has tried this or is currently doing it. Further details inside [more inside]
posted by genial at 12:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Left Hand of...Photography?

Is there such a thing as a left-handed SLR? My fiancee has limited use of her right hand, but she's rapidly outgrowing her little Canon point and shoot. Ideally, I'd like to get her a (relatively) entry level SLR with left-handed controls. Digital or 35-mm is fine, as I'm open to whatever bizarre eastern European models the hivemind can find. Under $750 would be ideal.
posted by Oktober at 11:58 AM PST - 24 comments

Sheerr Pool lane distances

How long is each segment of Sheerr Pool at the University of Pennsylvania? [more inside]
posted by ootsocsid at 11:55 AM PST - 9 comments

I just want to sleep without seeing dead people in my room

Why do I keep having these insane dreams and how can I make them stop? (long) [more inside]
posted by anniek at 11:40 AM PST - 19 comments

A good retreat is better than a bad stand.

I'm attending a writer's retreat from Oct. 15-18 in Ancram, NY and need some info on staying around for a few more days. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 at 11:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Vintage jazz radio streams/podcasts?

What are some decent vintage jazz radio streams/podcasts *with on-air programmers/DJs*? [more inside]
posted by 1001 questions at 11:36 AM PST - 12 comments

Excel formatting help needed

Question on Excel date format changes- please help hivemind, you are my only hope! [more inside]
posted by TheBones at 11:24 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me decide whether to get breast implants

I'm considering breast implants. Please help me decide if this is a good idea. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:17 AM PST - 96 comments

She's no good!

Music addressed to or sung by dangerous or scandalous women? [more inside]
posted by kathrineg at 11:07 AM PST - 106 comments

Can Google Voice and VoIP help create my perfect phone set up?

In the spirit of Google Voice invites, I'm wondering if there might be cost effective a way to create a phone set up that does the following with two Google Voice numbers, two iPhones, and some sort of voip/sip/pbx/(insert acronym here) home phone solution: [more inside]
posted by ejoey at 11:00 AM PST - 18 comments

Sick computer

Last night, the volume control on my computer started acting up -- every few moments, it would turn itself down to zero. Can the hivemind hope me? [more inside]
posted by wandering steve at 10:59 AM PST - 2 comments

Stop caffeine dependency

What's the best way to stop my caffeine addiction? [more inside]
posted by dtpollitt at 10:43 AM PST - 21 comments

How can I get someone to pay off a loan that I co-signed for?

What is the next step in getting someone to pay off a loan that I co-signed for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:43 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I increase traffic to a porn site?

How does one go about promoting a porn site? I do freelance work, and recently received a proposal from a client who wants me to do promotions work for a porn site; my commission would be based on increased traffic. I have to admit total cluelessness in this arena, so I'm hoping Ask MeFi can help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Power adapter for an infant swing?

Power solutions for an infant swing? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 10:39 AM PST - 7 comments

the diabetic who came to dinner

What food/drink should I bring to a small dinner party where there will be one diabetic person? [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex at 10:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Maybe I should have bought a Dell....

You guys helped me figure out what computer parts to buy. Now I've got the parts, tried putting it together, and it's been a disaster. Please help me figure this out... [more inside]
posted by unexpected at 10:27 AM PST - 22 comments

Where can we find a fresh turkey in July?

Where can we find a fresh turkey in Massachusetts before Sunday? [more inside]
posted by olinerd at 10:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Low Audio on Bootcamp Windows XP

I have a few Macbook Pro systems at work that we've installed Windows XP via Bootcamp on. We've done this with previous Macbook models in the past. This time, however, there is an audio problem: the audio on the XP side is so low it's close to non-existent. Is anyone familiar with this problem? Does anyone have any ideas on how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by strangememes at 10:03 AM PST - 11 comments

Good gifts from Boston?

Looking for ideas for interesting gifts/souvenirs/foods that I can buy in the Boston area and bring to friends and relatives in other parts of the country. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 10:02 AM PST - 21 comments

Hoping to listen to the Singalong Sound of Music with audience participating.

Can anyone help me find an audio version of the Singalong Sound of Music with the audience participation included in the recording? I am not looking for a short clip (the only things I've managed to find so far) but rather, the entire show. Thanks.
posted by Sully at 9:12 AM PST - 0 comments

Finding a primary care doctor

I haven’t been to a doctor in nearly 10 years. 100% of this is due to what I believe is social anxiety. To get a real medical opinion I’d like/need to speak to a doctor. I cannot pickup the phone. (1) Looking for primary care physician recommendations near Columbia, MD and (2) advice on what to say to the person answering the phone. [more inside]
posted by syntheticfaith at 8:57 AM PST - 22 comments

Metasolution Considered Unbecoming

How was I supposed to have solved this math problem? [more inside]
posted by DU at 8:52 AM PST - 31 comments

Is it worth it to refinish our attic?

Is it worth it to remodel our attic into a living space? Will it increase the resale value of the house enough to offset the cost and effort? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 8:30 AM PST - 27 comments

I think I need to change my career. Is teaching the right one for me?

Should I go in to teaching? What's it like teaching primary (up to 11-12 year old kids)? Do you get to do much science? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:06 AM PST - 17 comments

I'm a Mr. Meow Meow now!

We found out yesterday my kitten is, in fact, a boy. Now what? [more inside]
posted by elder18 at 8:03 AM PST - 35 comments

"I can't believe I got the whole thing!"

Graffiti Filter: Looking for a photo or confirmation of a myth of an epic and humorous piece of graffiti. [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller at 8:00 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I add media to an XBMC PC

How do I add content to the hard drive running XBMC live on my new media center PC? [more inside]
posted by midwestguy at 7:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a book recommendation to study Revelations

Been reading the Bible in One Year...and nearing Revelations. Can anyone recommend a book on Revelations that comes from a Reformed perspective that is for the layperson? If not Reformed, other perspectives will do if you have any suggestions. In the end, I am sure nobody understands it but I have been putting of reading it and reading about it for years.
posted by snap_dragon at 7:38 AM PST - 16 comments

Orlando with a toddler

Low-cost suggestions for my daughter (16 months) and I to entertain ourselves in Orlando next week while my wife is at a trade show? [more inside]
posted by brozek at 7:34 AM PST - 13 comments

Let's have bizarre celebrations

I'm compiling a list of the best songs of the 2000s. The ones that aren't just "Ah, that's kinda nice," but that you have to stop yourself from listening to on a repeat loop. The songs you'd make sure to put on a mix CD for a friend who hasn't paid attention to new music in this whole decade and wants to know what they missed. (This is for a blog post.) [more inside]
posted by Jaltcoh at 7:34 AM PST - 125 comments

Am I meditating or is this something else?

Am I meditating or is this something else? [more inside]
posted by reticulatedspline at 7:24 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me find a place to vacation

WeekendVacationFilter: I cant seem to find a cool place to take my family this summer for a small vacation. Here are the detail, please help. We live in Dallas, Me, Wife, two kids (7yr old girl & 3yr old boy), we will be driving but do not want to drive more than 5-6 hours, leaving Saturday morning and returning on a Tuesday, preferebly looking for a cabin somewhere to relax but also have fun stuff to do with the kids? Im really open to all and any suggestions, Any suggestion? Please help me put a end to my searching.
posted by flipmiester99 at 7:09 AM PST - 12 comments

Adopting the right dog(s)

NewDogOwnerFilter: One dog or two? Or just give me some general advice. [more inside]
posted by wrok at 7:07 AM PST - 20 comments

Should I buy a suspension mount for my Blue Snowball microphone?

I'm about to start recording an audiobook / podcast. I've settled on Blue's Snowball microphone, and thanks to previous questions here I know that a pop filter is vital. Should I also buy the Snowball's suspension mount? [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. at 6:27 AM PST - 14 comments

Tracking number of Real Time Searches of different subjects

I need real-time data of the number of people searching different sets of keywords on the internet in a particular location. Some examples: The number of people searching for jobs and jobs related information at that given time(preferably also a particular place as in country or city) The number of people searching for marriage and dating related information. What is the best and cheapest way to get this data? The more real time, the better. Searches on Google would probably be the best given their dominance in the search market, but even other sources would be alright, like Twitter.
posted by tusharj at 6:23 AM PST - 5 comments

dogbert watches the news

I'm looking for an old Dilbert comic in which Dogbert is watching the evening news... [more inside]
posted by griseus at 6:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Getting around Boston

Going to Boston for business. Never been there. [more inside]
posted by jaythebull at 6:09 AM PST - 13 comments

Cheap nice holiday destinations from London in September?

Cheap holiday for a few brits in their mid-20s? Looking for destination suggestions: somewhere cheap to get to and a little off the beaten track for three lads in September... [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy at 4:18 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I electronicify my Dad's paperwork?

Help us get things electronic. My Dad has lot of forms (an example of one here) to fill out for his little electrician business. Lots of forms for each job. How can he fill them out on the computer, save it to a database and be able to print them out? [more inside]
posted by mooreeasyvibe at 4:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Grammatical Case Headspace....

LanguageFilter: How can a native English speaker develop a better sense of grammatical cases? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 3:15 AM PST - 16 comments

Stop lying to me, phone!

How can I rid my office phone of an (incorrect) persistent "You Have VoiceMail" alert? [more inside]
posted by stepheno at 3:07 AM PST - 7 comments

So, is this a mutation?

Weird question, I'm sure.... How do you know if a skin growth is a mole or if it is a supernumary nipple? It LOOKS like a (small) nipple, no areola, and is in line with where a third nipple would likely be....but it could just be a mole...is there some sort of definitive way of knowing the difference?
posted by polexxia at 1:44 AM PST - 8 comments

July 21

I want to know what all the cities of the world are known for.

What are some major cities known for? US and UK, mostly. [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 10:30 PM PST - 39 comments

Replacing a lost share certificate

How can my British friend sell Ryanair shares when the stock certificate is lost? [more inside]
posted by anadem at 10:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Counting Out Loud

What word(s) do non-US English speakers use to count out loud? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 10:15 PM PST - 55 comments

Help! I underthought a plate of noodles

What is the name of this cold noodle dish? Most likely Korean or Chinese food. [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 10:07 PM PST - 25 comments

Excel 2003-challenged

Please help an Excel noob with something extremely simple. [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia at 9:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Dick Clark's Ten Cent Solution to Hair Loss?

Dick Clark once said on the Late Show with Conan O'Brien that the secret to his great hair was that he tugged on it every morning vigorously for ten minutes. Is this true, and is anyone currently doing this on a daily basis? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 9:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Should I pedal to the Ph.D?

I’m considering biking from Madison, WI to Austin, TX in October. Please help me assess whether this is a good idea. [more inside]
posted by dr. boludo at 9:19 PM PST - 15 comments

Bean and rice diet healthy?

I was thinking of going on a strictly bean and rice diet. Is this healthy for me?
posted by branvan at 9:05 PM PST - 26 comments

Inexpensive Picture Framing in DC

Inexpensive, quality picture framing shops in the DC metro area? [more inside]
posted by fancypants at 8:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Non-heteronormative version of "opposite sex"?

Is there a concise non-heteronormative version of the phrase "the opposite sex"? [more inside]
posted by shazzam at 7:47 PM PST - 38 comments

Help me plan a healthier daily diet.

Help me plan a healthier daily diet. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:42 PM PST - 31 comments

Work to be done?

I was excited about volunteering here -- now I'm just demoralized. How to get back on track and do something meaningful for the next two weeks I'm here? [more inside]
posted by puckish at 6:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Best use of my americorps award?

2 parter...1) I have an americorps education award thats around $4200. Should I use it to take some courses, or pay back student loans? I'm jobless, back at home, deciding between working and saving money, or taking prereqs for grad schools. 2) Going crazy and want OUT of home asap...job or school? [more inside]
posted by shinyshiny at 6:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Need help finding a realtor in Olympia WA

Seeking recommendations for realtors in Olympia, WA. Failing that, seeking suggestions for how to find a good realtor if you don't know many people locally to ask. [more inside]
posted by Kat Allison at 6:29 PM PST - 1 comment

Recording an interview

I am interviewing someone over the phone for an article tomorrow and need to record the interview. What do I need to hook up my cell phone to either my laptop or an audiotape recorder? Something I could pick up at Radio Shack or a similar store would be great. [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 6:11 PM PST - 17 comments

Mom, we don't need to talk about things that aren't relevant anymore

How do I deal with times when family mention things from the past in conversation? [more inside]
posted by kldickson at 5:44 PM PST - 30 comments

Movers: Ottawa-Montreal

Moving from Ottawa to Montreal - looking for a recommendation for a good mover (or movers I should not use). [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea at 5:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Ye're my LaCie come home.

My 500gb external hard drive fell onto my hardwood floor. Hard. [more inside]
posted by ageispolis at 5:22 PM PST - 14 comments


Gameknot chess on a Blackberry? [more inside]
posted by Oddly at 5:10 PM PST - 1 comment

oh, god, we're all going to die

How can I be less freaked-out by fireworks noises when I am living in a possible war zone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:01 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I stop resenting my boyfriend?

Help me get over my envy of my boyfriend's deservedly good professional reputation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:01 PM PST - 28 comments

Behind every cloud is another cloud.

How would I go about hosting a website (I have my own .com domain) on Amazon S3 (two files, one html and one css)? Is this even possible?
posted by nam3d at 4:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Knock me out with some cheap sunglasses

A friend let me try on his $100+ sunglasses. I was amazed at how sharp everything looked and how I could wear them indoors and was able to see everyone clearly. Are there any cheap sunglasses with great lenses? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 4:57 PM PST - 14 comments

An old-fashioned girl

The last time I was single and dating, Ronald Reagan was president. Have recommended (and practical) safe sex practices changed in the last 25 years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:46 PM PST - 34 comments

OKCupid strikes again

Want a female perspective on a dating situation.. [more inside]
posted by mediocre at 4:44 PM PST - 35 comments

How do I get rid of a Mac user acct w/o losing files?

I have a MacBook Pro running Leopard. It has two admin accounts. Some time ago I stopped using account "A" in favor of new account "B" (the reason behind the creation of account B isn't relevant to this question, however). If I delete user account "A," what precautions must I take to ensure the preservation of the files created under "user A," and what automatically happens to the ownership of those files?
posted by Piscean at 4:35 PM PST - 10 comments

How to break up with someone when you don't quite know why?

Feeling horribly guilty about the possibility of breaking up with a really great person. How can I articulate to SO reasons that I don't fully understand myself? And what responsibility should I take for practical matters such as finding a roommate to replace myself, cancelling mutual holidays etc? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:34 PM PST - 5 comments

How long to bounce back?

Meltdownfilter: after some traumas I finally fell apart and I'm scared about what, and how long it will take to recover. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me find a new laptop/notebook!

Hi All, I'm looking for a new laptop to replace my Dell latitude D620. I thought I was well equipped to make this decision, but it turns out I was wrong. [more inside]
posted by Admira at 4:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Cell Phone Query

I will be in the Bahamas for ten days for work. My wife will be back here in the States taking care of our two small children. I am worried that I won't be able to reach her. Will my cell phone work? Can I call her from the Bahamas, and can she call me? [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game at 4:11 PM PST - 14 comments

I need an international drivers license.. on the double!

Has anyone from the US ever had to apply for an international drivers license? I'm a dummy and didn't realize it supposedly takes 4-6 weeks to get one! [more inside]
posted by nakleh at 3:53 PM PST - 15 comments

Best ways to navigate social media?

Metafilter and other social media sites are excellent places to learn new things. Yet it's probably true for everyone that most of the world isn't like me and doesn't like the things I like, and I don't have the time to check every topic for interest value. How do you use Metafilter and similar sites to most efficiently find topics/people that interest you? [more inside]
posted by vizsla at 3:38 PM PST - 10 comments

WiFi Filter

Is there a scammy catch or otherwise bad deal to Starbucks' free WiFi through the Starbucks card and AT&T? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 3:33 PM PST - 14 comments

Are we a statistic? A starter marriage? A slow decline into misery?

No abuse. No affairs. No kids. How long do you keep trying to fix a broken marriage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:07 PM PST - 43 comments

Can I eat old brownies?

Can I eat two month old "special" brownies that haven't been refrigerated/frozen? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:06 PM PST - 25 comments

Fred Camper

I know that 2 or 3 years ago i had the pleasure of seeing Fred Camper's short film Welcome to Come. However, now it seems to not exist...anywhere. Can anyone help me see it again?! [more inside]
posted by slograffiti at 2:59 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I get a server to start the connection?

How can I make UltraVNC server create a remote connection to a listening viewer on the same LAN, automatically at startup? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 2:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Help us rebuild our office Email/management setup.

Small Office/Outlook Filter: I'm part of a small, family-run non-profit organization and we're attempting to drag ourselves, screaming, into the 21st century. Right now the main email is AOL and has been for years. (I know, I know.) We want to transition to a setup that allows us to have our own emails, yet share calendars and tasks. With our setup, what advice can you give on our setup? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by damiano99 at 2:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Clinical Psychology reading

My friend is applying for clinical psychology postgraduate study at the end of this year and she would like to make sure she is well read on relevant books (nb. not text books) and blogs etc before the interview. Can anyone reccomend any books, websites or blogs that would be good for my friend to review prior to her interview?
posted by curious zoe at 1:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Siddhartha Gautama I Am Not

What do I need to do to learn to sit unaided in a cross-legged position? [more inside]
posted by mooders at 1:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Wait for the weights?

2/3 of the way to my target weight, thanks to cardio exercise and eating better. Start building muscle mass (via weight training) now, or wait until I hit my target weight? [more inside]
posted by Rykey at 1:31 PM PST - 17 comments

How can I build an online tool that checks the size of an image?

How can I make an online tool to show someone whether an image they've uploaded is high enough resolution for print? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 1:11 PM PST - 16 comments

Too much coffee makes my stomach cry.

Caffeinated candy suggestions? Please help me find the Blitz mints I want. [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 1:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Bring on the private dancers

Where are the classiest and dirtiest (female) strip clubs in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke at 12:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Jhony be good?

A question for all the Peruvian Mefites out there: Is Jhon a fairly common first name in Peru? [more inside]
posted by otio at 12:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Should I register for classes in the fall?

So I'm about to start my 7th year of community college... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:56 PM PST - 11 comments

Princesses and flying dogs?

[Bookfilter] Help me find a book from my sister-in-law's childhood about a princess called fenella. [more inside]
posted by hmca at 12:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Any recourse against a shady car dealer?

A franchised, "legitimate" car dealer lied to us in order to get us to purchase a car. I know.. not really news and not really unique. But how can we fix this now? [more inside]
posted by getawaysticks at 12:33 PM PST - 19 comments

Moving and jobhunting?

Need some advice on getting my first real job in Portland, OR. Difficulty: I don't live there yet. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:32 PM PST - 11 comments

you're doing it wrong!

Help my partner and I finally have happy, safe, enjoyable sex (definitely NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:32 PM PST - 52 comments

Does anything else play well with Lotus Domino Server?

Are there any viable alternatives to the Lotus Notes client for Windows XP? It's the work-provided client for email, calendars and schedules, and whatever else it does. Version 8 is crawling, where the previous version (6?) was at least responsive. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:17 PM PST - 4 comments

The boys are hidden somewhere out there...

Tell me about camping at Brother Sun. [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 12:08 PM PST - 0 comments

Virtual Desktop Manager for OS X

Is there an actively developed virtual desktop manager for OS X that lets you assign windows and documents (rather than applications) to different desktops? [more inside]
posted by namespan at 11:57 AM PST - 7 comments

I thought WAMPserver was, like, for idiots. I feel like an idiot so why doesn't it work?

I am following a tutorial on how to install WAMPserver and Wordpress on my Windows machine to kickstart my learning of CM systems and PHP. A crucial component won't install and I don't know nuthin' about how to fix the problem. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 11:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Greasemonkey, that funky monkey

Greasemonkey is causing my Firefox error console to go crazy & impossible to use. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by ellebee at 11:45 AM PST - 3 comments

California beach camping?

Beach camping in Southern California? [more inside]
posted by jnnla at 11:44 AM PST - 16 comments

Dealing with being friend-dumped?

Over the past year, I have slowly been dumped by a friend... I think? Should I just let her go? How to deal with the hurt feelings? What questions should I be asking about my own role in the breakup? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:39 AM PST - 24 comments

"Rules of Thumb" and "Instincts" of the Human Mind

What "rules of thumb" or "instincts" of the human mind are commonly applicable? [more inside]
posted by pbh at 11:34 AM PST - 23 comments

Does she not want to go home?

[Spoilers for Song of Ice and Fire books] Why is that Arya Stark... [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt at 11:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Settings to back-up before wiping machine on Windows Server 2003 domain/network?

Can you recommend a guide for and/or some details about backing up all the necessary network settings to get a Windows XP machine back onto a Windows Server 2003 server/domain after a wipe? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 11:28 AM PST - 5 comments

What should I do, if anything, about old, unflattering transcripts?

I am planning to apply for one of the Fulbright teaching assistantships for the year after I finish my Master's degree. I am unsure of what to do, if anything, about my academic history. Is it worth it to try and bury old, unflattering transcripts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Someone reassure me that I will indeed get joint custody....

Someone reassure me that I will indeed get joint custody.... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Going back to school at 29

Teach me how to study, please? I am 29 and going back to school to complete my BA. I haven't been to school in around 4 years. I don't think I have ever studied for anything. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws at 11:05 AM PST - 22 comments


Has any of you gardeners had any luck with potted blueberry bushes? [more inside]
posted by Chele66 at 11:02 AM PST - 14 comments

Barchester Chronicles?

Any recommendations for smart TV comedy which'll suit my taste? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 10:52 AM PST - 70 comments

DS Lite stuck hinges?

Help! My DS Lite lid won't open. [more inside]
posted by tybeet at 10:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Low-cost white label video solution

Do you know a low-cost white label video solution with privacy settings that hide the video from the public but allow you to embed the video where you want? [more inside]
posted by ialas at 10:45 AM PST - 3 comments

What's Going Around?

I thought I had heard of a website that tracks current viruses, called What's Going Around or something similar. I'm finding tons of local tv stations with special pages for their community, but nothing that ties them all together into one website. Anyone know of a site like this?
posted by jragon at 10:43 AM PST - 4 comments

How to help a very depressed friend?

How to help a very depressed friend? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 10:42 AM PST - 14 comments

stuffy ear is driving me bananas.

My left ear is stuffy almost every day. Allergies + Qtip use + Earplugs = ? [more inside]
posted by sucre at 10:40 AM PST - 15 comments

How can a short but not skinny guy find the right t-shirts?

Where can a short but not super skinny guy get plain soft t-shirts in multiple colors? The smalls are always too small and the mediums too big! [more inside]
posted by Ekim Neems at 10:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Good typeface for a point-of-sale receipt printer?

Does anyone have suggestions for a good typeface for a point-of-sale receipt printer? I have a project to design messages printed on the bottom of a cash register receipt. These are B&W thermal printers, about 200-250 DPI. The text is 6-12 points. We're going primarily for readability and cleanliness and we're happy to pay for quality. Before we go with what we already have (Verdana, Arial, etc.), we'd love suggestions for what might be better.
posted by herzigma at 10:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Sexual relations problem. A little NSFW but not explicit.

Sexual relations problem. A little NSFW but not explicit. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:03 AM PST - 25 comments

Horrifying screaming next door

Neighbor teen middle-of-night horror screaming! I don't know what to think. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:02 AM PST - 56 comments

Radical lefty sightseeing in The Bay Area?

Fun things for a lefty to do whilenon San Francisco for a few days? [more inside]
posted by willie11 at 9:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Do I pay for mosquito spraying even though I think it's bad?

How do I solve my mosquito dilemma? We live on a swamp. Swamps breed mosquitoes. Much as I hate the mosquitoes, they are part of our eco-system, and the frogs, toads and dragonflies depend on them. Our neighbors went in together and paid someone to spray the mosquitoes. [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian at 9:02 AM PST - 21 comments

Is there a free/cheap program to eliminate all duplicate songs in iTunes at one go?

Is there a free/cheap program to eliminate all duplicate songs in iTunes at one go? [more inside]
posted by friedbeef at 8:55 AM PST - 16 comments

More bounce for the ounce: Any suggestions for a ridiculous, over-the-top push up bra?

Any suggestions for a ridiculous, over-the-top push up bra? I'm 5'3, 145# and bra size 38-A and am trying to find a crazy, I See Wot You Did There bra as a joke. Yes, the bra size is accurate. I'm all A and no T! I'm specifically looking for specific brand names/lines. My price range is approx. $75.00.
posted by ShadePlant at 8:50 AM PST - 19 comments

I need sleep.

How can I make my office more comfortable so that I can take naps over lunch? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 7:38 AM PST - 29 comments

[ Home Networking Filter ] Why must I restart my wireless router every hour? Or, what am I doing wrong in the implementation of my home network?

[ Home Networking Filter ] Why must I restart my wireless router every hour? Or, what am I doing wrong in the implementation of my home network? [more inside]
posted by platosadvocate at 6:33 AM PST - 15 comments

Get this damn tune out of my head

Any tips for getting a tune out of your head? There's this damn ice cream truck which makes several passes a day with like a 5 second loop of a tune, and it's been struck in my head for about a week. Can't concentrate on my work. I can only imagine how insane the poor driver is by now.
posted by hungrysquirrels at 6:23 AM PST - 44 comments

Los Angeles, I'm yours

Los Angeles, I'm yours - Going to be in LA for the next couple of days Wed and Thursday. Please help us figure out what we should be doing. (More details inside) [more inside]
posted by boyinmiami at 6:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Healthy ways to get anger and aggression out of my system?

Things have been super-stressful at work. My therapist keeps asking if I have a way to get all this anger and aggression and stress out of my system... and I don't! I usually just rant and get more angry. What are some better ways to get the frustration out? [more inside]
posted by heatherann at 5:38 AM PST - 55 comments

Good computer program/activities for kids too old for Kid Pix?

Good computer program/activities for kids too old for Kid Pix? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 4:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Best way to track five kids.

One large family get-together, two three-story houses, two swimming pools, and five babies between the ages of one and three. What technical solutions would help us track all the kids...? [more inside]
posted by bchaplin at 4:29 AM PST - 22 comments

Rejuvenate used container soil

Every year on my porch in Boston, Ma. I grow a few different vegetables in large planters. This year one is pumpkins. After several years of growing crops in the same soil, how can I rejuvenate the soil to make it better for the next crop?
posted by boby at 4:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Open Drop.io Competitor

I'm after a self-hosted or hosted solution that provides an easy to use interface for uploading and displaying/playing back of media files of all types from my own Amazon S3 account. [more inside]
posted by joshnunn at 4:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Given a blank slate, how would you network your house?

How would you network your home if you had a blank slate? Wired or wireless? Our house is about to be almost entirely demolished and we have the opportunity to 'future-proof' our home. Given that the walls are down, should we take the chance to fill them full of wires? If so, what sort? [more inside]
posted by hydrophobic at 3:55 AM PST - 22 comments

Yes, I've asked the company. Officially, it's impossible.

A question for IT and telecoms boffins: Help me understand voicemail. Specifically, what would need to go wrong with a mobile phone company's voicemail server for it to randomly connect customers to the mailboxes of complete strangers? Is it more likely to be an isolated technical glitch, a systemic network security problem, intentional foul play, or something else?
posted by embrangled at 2:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Fun Money Sites & Games For Kids

My 7 year old son has developed a passion for money. He enjoys collecting unusual coins and bills, spotting bargains at the grocery, playing 'store' and (yikes) making bets for cash. His favorite character is Mr. Crabs. Finance is not my specialty *snort* so any suggestions for age appropriate sites/activities that revolve around the wise use of filthy lucre will be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by maryh at 2:25 AM PST - 26 comments

Why cows need to calf to express milk?

To maintain high milk production, a dairy cow must be bred and produce calves. Has any research been done on artificially stimulating milk production? Perhaps by artificial selection or by hormone treatment. [more inside]
posted by foleypt at 1:45 AM PST - 22 comments

Help me make my boyfriend's birthday awesome with fiendishly delightful present wrapping and delivery!

It's my boyfriend's birthday soon, and I want to make the present giving AWESOME! Have already purchased presents and booked flights to be with him. Am organising special birthday meals for him, and a couple of activities too, so most of the day is pretty much sorted. But I really really want the present giving/opening experience in particular to be super fun for him. I'm thinking along the lines of a treasure hunt with clues so he has to hunt for the presents... Or wrapping the presents in a giant box and painting it like a cake with sparklers on top! Or multiple layers of wrapping disguising the present...Or, um, something else. But I don't know what exactly. I just want to make it a completely excellent fun surprise for him. [more inside]
posted by t0astie at 12:32 AM PST - 10 comments

July 20

Going to the US Open

I want to go to the US Open to watch Federer and Nadal play in the first rounds, but I don't know when they will play, and the web site doesn't help much. Help me! [more inside]
posted by dcrocha at 11:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Recommend Me An Exterminator

Please recommend me an exterminator within the Los Angeles area that will get rid of our flea infestation once and for all inside and outside our home. What are the things to look for in a reputable company, and what to expect in the process of treating the house?
posted by Yasuo at 11:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Similar songs of Jennifer Lopez's "Let's Get Loud"

Hi, I would like to know song's that are similar to Let's Get Loud. By similar I don't mean songs by Jennifer Lopez. By similar I mean songs that have the same musical structure, beat, flow, rhythm and genome attributes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Music_Genome_Project_attributes). I have no access in Pandora's music service so I need specific answers. Song titles and artist's name will do. Thanks in advance for any help on this matter.
posted by yoitsfrancis at 10:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Is setting up a website for a probably illegal business illegal?

A friend has been offered some web work for a company I have suspicions might be offering something illegal. [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 10:25 PM PST - 21 comments

Why are the Babylon 5 scripts so expensive, and can I get them for cheaper?

Over the course of 2005 or so, J Michael Straczynski released all the Babylon 5 scripts in fifteen volumes. Now the babylon5scripts website only sells the question and answer series, and ebay wants $150 for each volume! Are they rare now? Were they originally so expensive? Why? And most importantly, any way to get them for less?
posted by d. z. wang at 9:45 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm in love with a girl 3000 miles away, what do I do?

I'm in love with a girl 3000 miles away, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by weh546 at 9:39 PM PST - 37 comments

Ok is not yes!

Did you marry someone you felt "ok" about at first? How did it work out? [more inside]
posted by abdulf at 9:07 PM PST - 31 comments

Best small car.

Best second hand small car under AUD$20,000? Fuel efficient. Reliable. Low maintenance. 4 doors. No older than 4 years. Automatic. Suit young couple in Australia. [more inside]
posted by simplesharps at 7:37 PM PST - 20 comments

I want my right-side Gmail labels back

Are there any Google insiders here who can persuade the Gmail team to reinstate right-side labels? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 7:30 PM PST - 13 comments

One minute I held the key, next the walls were closed on me...

Help me go back to being a happy girl. [more inside]
posted by cobain_angel at 7:24 PM PST - 20 comments

Please help the little pussies

I have searched previous questions, as well as Google and can't find the answer to this question. My friend rescued five kittens, estimated to be 2 1/2 weeks old. She is at a loss as far as feeding. Her efforts with bottles, milk, canned foot, etc. are not working. Can you help? Anyone with experience?
posted by wv kay in ga at 7:09 PM PST - 16 comments

changes in turkmenistan?

How has Turkmenistan changed since the death of former-president Saparmurat Niyazov/Turkmenbashi? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 7:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Might try a "pay for delete" for a collection account...how do those really work?

Pay for delete???? Any idea how to begin? I have always had good credit. Recently a old charge from AT&T showed up on my credit report for $50 that had gone to collections. I am guessing this was a balance left after canceling (tho I am not 100% sure). I had previously tried to settle this balance and got the run around, so I finally gave up and did not hear anymore so thought all was fine...I am part of a credit monitoring service so I got work right away that the "hit" had affected my low 700's score and now I have a low 600's score. I have googled my situation and learned about a "pay for delete"...I am however, not sure if I should begin with AT&T or the Credit Agency (which is the Collection Company of America CCA)...the collection originally came through as being from CCA but now it shows up as AT&T on the report. Previous attempt by phone to talk to each company and ask for help was not successful. NOt sure how to proceed, or if it is worth the headache?
posted by mdn31 at 6:58 PM PST - 9 comments

I've got the money what do I get?

How long do you think a ~$8000 car will last? [more inside]
posted by Rubbstone at 6:53 PM PST - 28 comments

Recommend me some widgets!

What Dashboard widgets are worth using? [more inside]
posted by Tu13es at 6:50 PM PST - 15 comments

Tonight we're going to party like it's 1959

Kids. Party. Retro games. How do these things go together? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:47 PM PST - 3 comments

GroundCoverFilter: What's the best ground cover for around my newly landscaped front yard?

GroundCoverFilter: What's the best ground cover for around my newly landscaped front yard? [more inside]
posted by pghjezebel at 6:43 PM PST - 12 comments

iPhone Application Development

Can I load an iPhone app I programmed onto my own phone without paying $99? [more inside]
posted by gocubbies at 6:06 PM PST - 11 comments

How do you motivate yourself to train?

Strength trainees: how do you keep yourself motivated? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van at 5:59 PM PST - 30 comments

Clearing logins and histories in IE6

Is there a way to delete login names, search terms, and URL histories in IE6? [more inside]
posted by snwod at 5:38 PM PST - 4 comments

New York housing law on illegal aliens

Is it illegal in New York State to rent to illegal aliens? [more inside]
posted by pinksoftsoap at 5:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Guitarist with hyperhydrosis and oily skin needs help

I am a borderline professional guitarist who suffers from hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating) and also seems to have developed a very oil-extruding physiology. Is there anything I can do to make it so that I don't have to wash my hands between each and every song? If not, what is the most efficient way to clean up and dry off my hands every five minutes or so? [more inside]
posted by sid abotu at 5:27 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I tune something in French?

The French way to say the verb "tuned" as in a piano or a chorus? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 5:23 PM PST - 8 comments

The card's out there, and it's play or get played?

Amazon incorrectly charged a little-used credit card $79 and we stupidly missed it for a few months. What's the best way to deal with the credit card company and Amazon? [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Dunlop at 4:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Quant Forums?

Popular Forums on Statistics and Quantitative Research? [more inside]
posted by Spurious at 4:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Online Chinese study groups?

Are there any good online Chinese study groups? [more inside]
posted by null14 at 3:45 PM PST - 3 comments

alice waters marker pin

what vegetable is pictured on the alice waters google marker pin? see photo: beet, radish??
posted by kewlio at 3:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Lord of the Rings Playing Card Game

We're trying to find the rules for a Lord of the Rings themed playing card game, and we can remember about 90% of the rules. [more inside]
posted by spiderskull at 3:07 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I share internet between two iMacs?

How do I share internet between two iMacs? One is new iMac connected to internet wirelessly through internal airport. Ethernet is connecting it to the other (older) iMac. How do I get older iMac online through the first iMac's connection? [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 3:06 PM PST - 12 comments

Guess I can't be on my back so much

Do you have experience with training yourself to not sleep on your back? [more inside]
posted by DrGirlfriend at 2:59 PM PST - 29 comments

What has the Moon done for us in the last 39 years?

What terrestrial technologies did the Apollo program, in particular the manned missions to the Moon, yield? [more inside]
posted by tip120 at 2:56 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I come up with some creative phrases using the word "amped"?

Can you help me find phrases that include the word "amp" or "amped"? [more inside]
posted by niles at 2:45 PM PST - 16 comments

Kid's scifi with nothing but potato salad?

I am looking for a book from my boyfriend's childhood. What he remembers: kids controlling a spaceship who can't get the food replicator to make anything other than potato salad. [more inside]
posted by eleanna at 2:45 PM PST - 12 comments

good research materials on the subject of electric cars, 3d modeling and/or entrepreneurship?

good research materials on the subject of electric cars, 3d modeling and/or entrepreneurship? [more inside]
posted by groovinkim at 2:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Why is gloss or semi-gloss paint recommended for exterior house trim?

Why is gloss or semi-gloss paint recommended for exterior house trim? [more inside]
posted by muirne81 at 2:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Do they make kids handheld movie projector toys anymore?

Do they make kids handheld movie projector toys anymore? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 2:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Must See in D.C.

Cheap eats and must-sees in D.C. for three adults and three teens? Bonus for any vegetarian-friendly options! [more inside]
posted by misha at 2:21 PM PST - 31 comments

Meeting Minutes

I am looking for resources to help train Administrative Assistants on how to take and write proper Condominium Association Minutes. Currently this process is long and grueling. Any help you can give me to point me in the write directions of some resources would be appreciated
posted by sharp2403 at 2:13 PM PST - 3 comments

How do you say peace in Norwegian?

Is there another word for peace in Norwegian (besides Fred)? How does the word Roen (sp?) translate? [more inside]
posted by jddizzle at 2:11 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I get in touch with Chiquita employee?

How can I connect with someone from Chiquita or someone knowledgeable about the Banana market, especially in regards to the E.U., for a class project? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum at 1:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Should we keep the waterbed?

Have you ever switched from a waterbed to a more conventional mattress? What kind of mattress (innerspring, foam, etc.) did you switch to and are you happy about it? Conversely, would you never switch? [more inside]
posted by angiep at 1:58 PM PST - 12 comments

Suggestions for Online Support Chat Application

My company is looking at adding a "chat with tech support online" feature from our support website. I have dug around on the intertubes and found a lot of marketing material, but would like to know if any folks here have experience with implementing that kind of product and are willing to make recommendations.

Our Requirements are fairly simple: It has to be hosted on site (so no external providers), and has to integrate with IIS. Any suggestions?
posted by Lord Widebottom at 1:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Can't find Stuart McLean's "Dave gives up smoking"

A friend in Canada heard Stuart McLean on CBC's Vinyl Cafe telling his story about Dave giving up smoking, and recommended it to me as hilarious. I have scoured the internet searching for this story, finding only a catalog of Vinyl Cafe broadcasts which lists "Dave attempts to give up smoking" on 23-Feb-2002, repeated on 17-Aug-2002 and 30-Oct-2004 as "Dave gives up smoking." I cannot find this story listed as a title in any of his books or CD recordings. Sadly, CBC radio podcasts are only available for the past 4 weeks. Does anyone know where I can find this story, either in print or audio?
posted by sugarbx19 at 1:29 PM PST - 7 comments

How to I stop my slow decline into leafblower-induced insanity?

How do I prevent myself from being driven insane by these leafblowers? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 1:16 PM PST - 22 comments

No! Don't refresh you cursed thing!

Is there a way to disable (or barring that, predict) auto reloading of web pages on Safari on the iPhone? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 1:03 PM PST - 11 comments

I need to buy a new bicycle.

I need to buy a bicycle. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by nostrich at 1:03 PM PST - 18 comments

Help make this forest birthday a reality!

How can I orchestrate an awesome forest birthday party? [more inside]
posted by AsRuinsAreToRome at 12:57 PM PST - 11 comments

automefi: entering a sequence of keystrokes on a mac. Free software?

I'd like to automate my mac to do keystrokes. Like, flicking between an excel spreadsheet and firefox. I'd like free software to do this. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 12:54 PM PST - 7 comments

What is the purpose of these mirrors behind the customer, about waist-level, in checkout lanes?

What is the purpose of these mirrors behind the customer, about waist-level, in checkout lanes? They seem to be set up so that the cashier can get a good look at my butt - which I doubt is their true purpose. [more inside]
posted by meowzilla at 12:25 PM PST - 14 comments

Mortgages in the US in summer 2009

How hard is it for average folks to get a home mortgage in the US right now? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 12:15 PM PST - 15 comments

Help us help our neighbors with their contractors

Our neighbor wants to hire my husband to act as a sort of general contractor to oversee some repairs on our neighbor's house. Before we say yes to this, what questions should we ask? [more inside]
posted by Ladybug Parade at 12:02 PM PST - 14 comments

How to control airfoil remotely, possibly on iphone?

I know of only one app (remote buddy) that claims a plugin that would let you control airfoil on a mac remotely via an iphone but it does not work very well. Is anyone else doing this? [more inside]
posted by joshgray at 11:49 AM PST - 3 comments

To Access the Call, Please Dial Your Participant Code Now

I am seeking personal recommendations for telephone conference call systems/services/companies. Specific features needed are detailed below. [more inside]
posted by jay dee bee at 11:22 AM PST - 4 comments

High-end baby boutiques in the DC Metro area? Selling handmade?

Where are the fancy stores that might help me sell my handmade baby clothes? [more inside]
posted by GardenGal at 11:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Too many tags, nothing to do.

What's a cool project/thing to do with thousands of RFID tags? [more inside]
posted by ttyn at 11:02 AM PST - 14 comments

DIY Joystick Links?

I'm building my own arcade joystick, and I could use some internet resources. [more inside]
posted by jabberjaw at 10:55 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I tell an odd stranger to back off?

How do I explain to an acquaintance with learning difficulties that his language and actions are unwanted? [more inside]
posted by vickyverky at 10:50 AM PST - 18 comments

I'm tired of missing events!

I'm looking for a freeware (and spyware free) windows xp desktop application that will allow me to set alarms for specific times and dates. [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 10:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Do I need permission to stage this play?

Can I legally stage an original play based on a short story I didn't write? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 10:32 AM PST - 18 comments

More podcasts like Ill Doctrine?

I want more podcasts/vidcasts like Ill Doctrine. [more inside]
posted by callmejay at 10:22 AM PST - 2 comments

Looking for a Family Circus cartoon / safety flier.

Looking for a Family Circus cartoon / safety flier. It is one of the single pane, dotted-line ones of Jeffy(?). It maps his path crawling through the house and lists different potential hazards. I'd like to use it to educate new parents about "childproofing" the home. I lost my last copy and can't seem to find it anywhere. -Thanks!
posted by infomaniac at 10:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Best Practices in Sustainable Forest Management

I am looking for information related to sustainable forestry management. I have recently secured a consultancy in Central America for developing a business plan related to the industry. While my client has provided useful information, I am also looking for external resources on the subject. [more inside]
posted by 53B3L1U5 at 10:15 AM PST - 3 comments

What doesn't my pregnant wife know she needs?

Just found out that wifey is pregnant! I'd like to get her some small present(s), but it's too early for cravings, and she already has all of the books....what are some things that "all" pregnant wives need? [more inside]
posted by um_maverick at 9:52 AM PST - 47 comments

I want to setup a simple home call center using Skype.

I want to setup a simple home call center using Skype. [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 9:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Powerbook: No Logo

Powerbook G4 won't boot up. I hear the chime, get a gray screen, but NO apple logo or spinning wheel. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker at 9:41 AM PST - 17 comments

iPhone back-up - How long to wait?

iPhone Back-up Question - Why is it taking so long to back-up my iPhone 3G? [more inside]
posted by birdwatcher at 9:37 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me to not screw up a potential job offer

Knock-On-Wood-Filter: How can I stall for time considering one job offer while waiting with baited breath for a decision from a second, more-desirable employer? [more inside]
posted by sureshot at 9:37 AM PST - 18 comments

is it just sad?

2-Part question: 1) Why did my wok catch fire? 2) Why did it turn blue? [more inside]
posted by chicago2penn at 9:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me choose a DSLR.

Can anyone recommend a good action, landscaping, and travel DSLR in the $~1000 range? I tend to travel around and take pictures of nature, which include landscape as well as fast-moving animals. (Low light would be nice too, but I won't hold my breath.) I have read this, but it's from '07. I'd like updated recommendations.
posted by biochemist at 9:13 AM PST - 10 comments

Seeing Google Analytics Off-Site?

The boss has assigned me a project that boils down to a marketing "dashboard," the two key features of which are viewing our Google Analytics and an advertising calendar in one space. How can I pull it off? [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 8:58 AM PST - 7 comments

World of Warcraft on UMPC?

Does anyone have experience playing World of Warcraft on an ultra mobile PC like the Samsung Q1, OQO or Sony Vaio UX series? I know it's technically possible to run by watching the demos on YouTube but I'd like to get some feedback about whether it's actually a playable experience long term or more of a novelty. [more inside]
posted by jeffhoward at 8:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Need an excellent co-parenting book.

What are some excellent co-parenting books? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 8:53 AM PST - 3 comments

NH Camping

Can you recommend some good, rustic camping areas within three hours of Portsmouth, NH? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 8:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Dek-Block veterans, please come share your stories.

Thinking of building a platform-style deck in our backyard using the Dek-Block system. Looking for experiences from others who have used it. [more inside]
posted by anderjen at 8:51 AM PST - 4 comments

New Orleans wedding officiants for the not-so-religiously-inclined?

New Orleans wedding officiants for the not-so-religiously-inclined? [more inside]
posted by Mayor West at 8:41 AM PST - 5 comments

How to stop my dog from peeing in the house?

My dog won't stop peeing inside. I'm pretty sure it's the result of separation anxiety. Help? [more inside]
posted by unlucky.lisp at 8:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Roaming in Europe?

[CellPhoneFilter] How does international roaming work in Europe? [more inside]
posted by trokair at 8:38 AM PST - 6 comments

RV Parks/Web sites

My wife and I will be going camping for the first time with our new 5th wheel camper. We want to go to Watertown New York but are not exactly sure where to stop along the way. We know we want to make two stops before reaching Watertown, once in Virginia and once in Pennsylvania. In Virginia, we would like to stop near the Shenandoah National Forest - a site in the Southern, Middle, or Northern section would be good. In Pennsylvania, we would like to stay somewhere in between Harrisburg and Scranton. Both places we stop must have electricity. Does anyone have any suggestions on some good places to stop? Also, are there any RV Web sites you would suggest that provide listings of places to camp in these areas?
posted by JPowers at 8:37 AM PST - 4 comments

I am an oversensitive wimp.

How to be more resilient to constructive criticism? [more inside]
posted by molybdenumblue at 8:35 AM PST - 20 comments

Looking for a Hindu Chatroom

Is there an online chat room for Hinduism, that is similar in design to the one for Buddhists known as E-Sangha? [more inside]
posted by Hanuman1960 at 8:00 AM PST - 1 comment

How can I prevent a future health insurance co from discovering a previous dematology treatment and use it for denial of insurance?

I'm an American without health insurance, who needs (minor) dermatological care... how worried should I be that this will prevent me from getting private health care insurance in a year or so (denial due to prior condition)? And what can I do to prevent this from happening? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:45 AM PST - 15 comments

Dinner Party!

Teach me how to be a great host. I'm hosting a dinner party for my SO's birthday in September. Give me some tips to make everyone (including the birthday boy and ME) feel relaxed and happy. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:25 AM PST - 22 comments

What are some film scenes involving clapping?

What are some films with scenes involving clapping/applause? [more inside]
posted by emflr at 7:22 AM PST - 37 comments

I know I'm lucky my house didn't burn down, but do I really need to buy new cookware?

Can I safely use a burnt Revere Ware copper-bottomed saucepan? [more inside]
posted by Meg_Murry at 6:54 AM PST - 16 comments

Advice on finding a job in Indianapolis

My son (college grad + Management experience with Enterprise) is desperately seeking a job in Indianapolis. His wife is a dental student at IUPUI and a baby is on the way. Any advice??
posted by Tayniksgranny at 6:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Decent cheap video projectors?

Are there any decent sub-$500 video projectors out there? Sub-$300? [more inside]
posted by jjsonp at 6:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Card trade in advice?

Newbie car trade in advice sought. Looking to swap my newish Honda Civic for an older minivan (yay!) of roughly equivalent value. Dealer trade in? Sell separately? [more inside]
posted by malphigian at 6:30 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I grow up again?

I'm dating a wonderful guy. We're about to move in together. I'm kind of nervous, and starting to get irritable and argumentative. How do I not do that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:18 AM PST - 12 comments

Cockadoodle STFU!

I need some earplugs to block out rooster crows while I sleep. Help! [more inside]
posted by @homer at 5:13 AM PST - 21 comments

How can I start making my money work for me instead of spending it?

How can I start making my money work for me instead of spending it? - put my creativity, time and energy in to make money. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 4:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Who is the most famous cosmetic/plastic surgeon in Venezuela?

Who is the most famous cosmetic/plastic surgeon in Venezuela?
posted by omaralarifi at 4:12 AM PST - 3 comments

A metaphor for the Web

If could compare the Web to something tangible what would it be? Do you find any metaphor suiting the Web as it is, as it developed and what it might become?
posted by fifigyuri at 4:00 AM PST - 18 comments

Looking for Edumacation.

ChinaFilter: I'm interested in learning more about the corporate structure and environment inside China's state-owned energy enterprises. What should I look at/for? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL at 2:45 AM PST - 3 comments

What kind of water to sea lions in zoos need?

Do sea lions in zoos need to have salt water to swim in? [more inside]
posted by edavidoff at 2:38 AM PST - 5 comments

July 19

Finding the right AVI encoder settings

How do I encode AVI files in Xvid or Divx according to the fashion often seen on bittorrent, where two hours of US TV, minus commercials, fits on one CD?
posted by Yakuman at 11:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Good cheap flexible exectric piano?

What's the best value second hand electric piano I can get? My requirements are full sized weighted velicity sensitive keyboard, and midi in/out cables. Maximum budget is AUD400 (USD 325, GBP 200, EUR 230). The Yamaha DGX-300 looks good apart from the floppy disk midi interface. Are there any other options about the same price/quality?
posted by singingfish at 11:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Help an indie rock dive show Troll 2 on a Friday night without being sued

I want to start a midnight movie night at the bar I work at. I would like to have a cheesy fun movie play(Flash gordon, troll 2, barbarella, heavy metal, etc.), and then have a band play. How can I do this legally? Who do I go to get permission from ? I need to do this as cheaply as legally can be done. Do I have to hop thru all the hoops that a real cinema has to, to show cult films from the 70's and 80's if there is a cover at the bar? [more inside]
posted by donabean at 10:08 PM PST - 27 comments

We're Game

What are some free online or downloadable (mac) multiplayer games to be played by people in the same room?
posted by cmoj at 9:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Lend a girl a hand, will ya?

Ulnar Nerve Entrapment and Me: How to help the healing of my poor arm? A month ago, I was diagnosed with UNE, after a combination of using a bad table at home, a travel injury and bad crutch use over the months. So now, I want to do everything I can to heal my poor beleagured arm, because it's still acting up. [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 at 9:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me get to TED

I want to attend a TED conference. I'm a junior at a liberal arts College in the US, and I have a $3000 grant to do pretty much anything I want next summer (mid-May through mid-August 2010). Give me your suggestions of awesome things in any discipline that $3000-$5000 will let me do/make/research/found/publish/etc. (If it's a money-making business venture that a collegiate entrepreneur can run, it can cost more than $5000.) [more inside]
posted by cmchap at 9:03 PM PST - 11 comments

What does @ mean on a Canadian highway sign?

Why is there an "@" symbol on some Canadian highway signs? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii at 8:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I get a tax deduction for selling my timeshare at a loss?

Years ago, I bought a timeshare. (I know, I know! What was I thinking?!) I'm ready to get rid of it, and I'm completely aware that there's no way I'll make back my purchase price. But can I take it as a loss on my US federal taxes and/or Oregon state taxes? Any tips on the proper way to go about it (what forms to use, etc.)? Many thanks in advance, hivemind!
posted by browse at 8:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Bad Constable, Bad Constable / Whatcha gonna do?

CanuckFilter: Members of the Ontario Provincial Police, as well as a variety of other Canadian police forces, employ the rank of 'Constable' rather than 'Officer'. Is it inappropriate to refer to a Canadian policeman or -woman as "Officer?" If, say, you're pulled over for speeding, does it matter if you address the police representative as "officer"? (I ask this as a Canuck who has never referred to the police as anything other than "officers" or "cops". It never occurred to me until today to use any other designation. And no, I'm not in trouble with the law. I'm just curious.)
posted by spoobnooble at 7:47 PM PST - 15 comments

Convention with Baby...Where to stay in Portland

We will be attending a convention in Portland (Oregon Convention Center) with a young baby. Looking for a place to stay that is conveniently located, has a kitchen(ette) and not a million bucks. [more inside]
posted by rvrlvr at 7:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there a public domain resource for pictures of people along with their ages at the time that the picture was taken?

Is there a public domain resource for pictures of people along with their ages at the time that the picture was taken? The best I've come up with is places with government info which have pictures of politicians. Anything better with a wider range of types of people and ages? Obviously dating sites would be a great place to get this info, but none of them are going to be public domain.
posted by HappyEngineer at 7:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me find a short-term volunteer opportunity

Can you steer me towards a short-term (40 hours) volunteer opportunity with kids in San Francisco during the next month? [more inside]
posted by hapax_legomenon at 6:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Bringing sexy forward

Help me be more comfortable with my (straight, female) sexuality and be more sexy [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:47 PM PST - 52 comments

Tomorrow, I might have to defend myself at work over something that happened last week. I believe I'll be okay on this, but it could go either way..

Tomorrow, I might have to defend myself at work over something that happened last week. I believe I'll be okay on this, but it could go either way.. [more inside]
posted by 0217174 at 6:33 PM PST - 35 comments

How to request/get a referral to another doctor?

How does getting a medical referral/requesting a medical referral REALLY work and how do you ask for one effectively? [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 6:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I get movers for an intra-building move (so no trucks required)? Bonus for recommendations in Chicago.

I'm moving from a 2bdr (had a roommate) to a studio in the same apartment building on the south side of Chicago. I'll be moving, oh, maybe 15 floors down. The building has a freight elevator. Since I don't even need a truck, should I hire people? My desk almost doesn't fit in the door, my then-boyfriend had to tilt it in strange and crazy ways that I don't think I can do by myself. I have a loveseat, bed, giant expedit bookshelf, and a desk - everything else I could handle myself I guess.
posted by anthropomorphic at 6:26 PM PST - 17 comments


Identify this cosplayer's outfit! Possibly a Marvel character? [more inside]
posted by silby at 6:00 PM PST - 6 comments

80s clothing

80s party costume suggestions [more inside]
posted by dmt at 5:30 PM PST - 30 comments

Why will dogs eat these things?

Given their acute senses, why do dogs eat gross things? [more inside]
posted by roxie5 at 5:25 PM PST - 29 comments

Help Me Pick: Tucson or Portland, Oregon For Under $1000/Month

I'm thinking about relocating to two cities that are wildly different. One city is Portland, OR and the other is Tucson, AZ. Yes, I have visited Portand, and I've visited Tucson and spent considerable time living in Phoenix. I do not intend to buy. So here are questions: What can I rent for no more than $1000 per month? What neighborhoods should I consider? Avoid? Is it realistically possible to live in Portland without a car? By that I mean within a 5-minute walk of groceries and other needed shops, like a pharmacy. Yes, I know it rains a lot in Portland, and that Tucson gets hot and almost never sees rain. Getting rid of the car has been a long-term goal, so that's why Portland is on the list. Otherwise, Arizona holds much more appeal.
posted by justcorbly at 5:05 PM PST - 19 comments

What are the great life changing books no one has ever heard of?

What are some underrated but mind altering books? [more inside]
posted by champthom at 5:02 PM PST - 56 comments

Where can I get provogil for cheaper?

Where can I get Provigil/Modafinil for cheaper? [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall at 4:56 PM PST - 16 comments

Save on a Prius!

So i am in the market to buy a new Prius and I heard someone once say that buying a car online can save you a lot of money. Has anyone done this with a Prius? [more inside]
posted by matthelm at 4:42 PM PST - 8 comments

What's wrong with my mouse?

What's wrong with my mouse? [more inside]
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 4:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Is a safe safe in a safe?

Does putting a fire safe inside of a security safe degrade the fire protection of the fire safe in the event of a fire? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 4:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Is my hard drive opaque on a public network?

Wi-Fi security. How much of the contents of my a) iPhone or b) iBook can be "seen" if I'm on a public network? Particularly concerning the latter, I've never been clear whether, in logging on to network X--be it a free municipal net or my employer's "guest net"--I'm simply an inscrutable blip on a network or I'm making my hard drive an open book to anyone who cares to peek. Any insight would be appreciated.
posted by the sobsister at 4:09 PM PST - 11 comments

Meet the new drive, same as the old drive

Can I fool iTunes into thinking my library is on the same drive as it was before, even though it's not? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 3:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Can I put a mattress directly onto the floor without issue?

Any issues with putting a mattress directly onto the floor? I have a mattress I love but am moving into a loft space with very little headroom in the loft. Getting rid of the bed part of the bed would help out greatly but a few friends have told me this is a bad idea--two specifically claiming it'll cause mold. Thoughts? Recommendations? Solutions (links to really low beds)? Thanks!
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 3:16 PM PST - 29 comments

so how much bread is in a hectare of land?

I was driving past a wheat field this weekend when from the cheap seats the question of just how much bread might be in there came up. so how much bread is in a hectare of land? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 3:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Roasted Rodents?

There are mice nesting in our BBQ!! What do we do? We use the BBQ every week or every other week and in between uses mice keep rebuilding the nest that we keep removing. How do we get them to stay away? [more inside]
posted by saradarlin at 2:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Short Story: Journalist on Death Row?

Anyone recognize this short story about a journalist who wants to learn what it's like to be on Death Row? It's NOT by Roald Dahl. [more inside]
posted by web-goddess at 2:30 PM PST - 6 comments

It smells tasty and I want to eat it!

What do I do with smoked rib bacon? [more inside]
posted by Arbac at 1:37 PM PST - 11 comments

What kind of fruit tree/fruit is this?

What kind of fruit tree/fruit is this? The fruit Looks like a miniature plum with dark red/brown skin only less shiny than most plums. It was smaller than a cherry. It tasted like a white grape and the flesh inside was almost as green as kiwi flesh. It had a pit almost identical to a Cherry pit. [more inside]
posted by Charlie Lesoine at 1:14 PM PST - 23 comments

No I AM NOT JEWISH!!! Have a nice day.

How do I deal with the fact that I apparently look Jewish enough I get assumed to be one by Jews and non-Jews? I'd find it sort of funny if I didn't keep having negative interactions based on this. [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 12:58 PM PST - 46 comments

I got uninvited - now what?

How do I get over being mad about being uninvited to a wedding, when I sort of understand where the couple is coming from? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:29 PM PST - 72 comments

How can I look after me when I've wrapped up all I have with HER?

I'm almost 30. I'm unemployed. I may or may not be able to attend college this year. I am halfway across the country from my friends and family, can't move in with my parents, don't have a license, and I am going to have to divorce my wife of four years. Where do I start? (Warning: Long) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:28 PM PST - 9 comments

What movie am I thinking of?

At the beginning of Bret Easton Ellis's Rules of Attraction, a townie makes a joke about a rat and an elephant having sex that I've heard in a movie before. What was that movie? Ellis's (NSFW?) version of the joke under cut. [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 12:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Cleanup HTML using C#

Using C#, how can I programmatically clean up HTML code ? [more inside]
posted by inquisitive at 11:57 AM PST - 16 comments

50th birthday coming up

The big five-O is coming up for me in August. Does this mean that I have to do something especially significant and particularly memorable? I don't want hubby to throw a party...although I do like to attend parties. Actually, I'd like to take a little trip somewhere alone--is that selfish? How did you celebrate your 50th birthday?
posted by sandra194 at 11:01 AM PST - 16 comments

Clean Shirt but Smelly Underarms?

I'm a clean guy by nature, I take showers daily, and use deoderant. The problem is when I do any kind of physical work that's not too strenuous (aka dancing, carrying bags) my armpits sweat a bit, but not a lot, but the smell is strong! The result of this that I'm forced to throw a perfectly clean t-shirt into the laundry bag just because the underarm areas smell. Is there any way to kill this smell, I feel like I'm wasting money on cleaning clean shirts :\ Any and all advice is welcome!
posted by wildrain2008 at 10:49 AM PST - 27 comments

I got you this cosplay custome so you can wear it at the wedding.

[WeddingGiftFilter] Looking for a wedding gift for a friend of mine. Male and works in a hospital. [more inside]
posted by jstarlee at 10:17 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I stop iMovie from stretching out my iPhone videos?

How can I stop iMovie from stretching out my iPhone videos? [more inside]
posted by chinese_fashion at 8:59 AM PST - 2 comments

Pretty Damn Frustrating

I need some tips on using PDF's in learning setting. I have just started an online certificate program, part of which involves reading long PDF research documents on the computer. This involves an infinite amount of scrolling. It seems deadly to me. I can't highlight or underline the text nor retrieve the parts i want easily. I don't want to have to cut and paste to a new doc. file nor waste paper with hard copies. Help me be an online PDF wiz
posted by Xurando at 8:37 AM PST - 17 comments

Learning about online shares trading very quickly

What is the fastest way to learn online shares trading very quickly? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 8:11 AM PST - 10 comments

Can I get out of my apartment lease?

Is my Rental Agreement legally binding if the landlord did not sign the contract? [more inside]
posted by speedoavenger at 7:41 AM PST - 16 comments

Mileage Exceeds Mechanical Limits

Just got a Pennsylvania title for my car (2000 Rav4) - title indicates the correct odometer reading (~120,00 miles), then says "MILEAGE EXCEEDS THE MECHANICAL LIMITS." What the what? That status is apparently used for cars with 5-digit mechanical odometers when the numbers roll over after 99,999 miles. Mine is digital. It clearly reads 6 digits. Is this a big deal? Should I get a new title? Will this be a problem in the future if I try to sell the car? Has this happened to anyone else?
posted by billysumday at 7:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Need help with mobile photo uploading to iphone wall

Wasting my mefi question on facebook....but it's driving me crazy!! [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 5:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me find graphic details of health problems for overweight people

To keep myself motivated to loose the extra pounds, I'm looking for links to videos (or image heavy articles) about health problems caused, or made worse, by being being overweight/obese. [more inside]
posted by Gobo at 5:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Pittsburgh 69

Any one live in Pittsburgh, recognise where two photographs were taken and willing to do some re-photography? [more inside]
posted by A189Nut at 5:50 AM PST - 36 comments

How much is my table worth?

I have a tiered table that is hand-painted and signed by the artist Katherine Henick. How much might it be worth (in less than perfect condition)? [more inside]
posted by Eumachia L F at 5:47 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I shorten the url a user has to type?

Can I program something so a visitor who wants to see www.example.com/CTTourHome.htm only has to type www.example.com/ct ? [more inside]
posted by DreamRider at 4:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Buenos Aires 12-Day Honeymoon Itinerary Help

Booked flight to Buenos Aires for $287! Now I need help planning our 12 day honeymoon in South America. Have advice? [more inside]
posted by tslugmo at 3:08 AM PST - 20 comments

What should I do/know about her sudden memory loss?

What might be the cause of sudden amnesia? Pregnant but healthy woman, two days suddenly completely erased from her memory. And she won't go to the doctor. [more inside]
posted by sively at 1:47 AM PST - 16 comments

Will baby's skull look "normal"?

Question about my three-month-old's head shape. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:20 AM PST - 16 comments

July 18

Identify this tune from "Still Fly"

Is the hook from "Still Fly" by Big Tymers taken from another song? [more inside]
posted by Bizurke at 10:56 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I extensively, safely mod D&D?

I am attempting to create a new D&D-based RPG, using a lot of non-standard races and rules. Help? [more inside]
posted by neewom at 10:28 PM PST - 18 comments

Didn't Get Car Rebate

Can I Still Get a Cash-Back Car Rebate After Buying a Car? [more inside]
posted by Elsie at 8:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me serve a great lunch, quickly.

Great (summer-friendly) lunch menus. Difficulty: can be mostly or wholly made beforehand. [more inside]
posted by availablelight at 7:38 PM PST - 21 comments

Texting from PC

I want to text message from my PC and I'm not interested in international texting. Is there reliable freeware that doesn't need the carrier of the number I'm texting to, and doesn't load me or the recipient up with spam? I'll even pay for it, but I'm tired of going through my cellphone. Another question is, would the recipient and me get a text charge?
posted by CollectiveMind at 6:51 PM PST - 16 comments

How does a history major get a job in IT?

How does a history major get a job in IT? If you work in IT or as a programmer, but have a degree in an unrelated field, how did you transition into tech? [more inside]
posted by capitalist.pig at 6:30 PM PST - 21 comments

What's normal for a bee sting?

How much swelling is normal after a bee sting? And is a lot of swelling indicative of anything troublesome? [more inside]
posted by bookish at 6:24 PM PST - 16 comments

Crazy lady keeps stealing friend's cat

A friend of mine's indoor/outdoor cat, chipped and registered keeps getting stolen by some crazy girl. Seattle PD says they won't handle an indoor/outdoor cat case. [more inside]
posted by crasspastor at 5:51 PM PST - 49 comments

take a payoff?

I got hit by a car while I was cycling, and reported it to the police. Now the other party is offering to "settle it personally", leaving insurance companies and police out. Is this legal, and is it advisable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:50 PM PST - 33 comments

How do I ask my boyfriend if his mother knows about our relationship?

How do I ask my boyfriend if his mother knows about our relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:50 PM PST - 22 comments

Will my Nintendo Wii fit into the donation envelope?

What shall I do with a new but unwanted Nintendo Wii? [more inside]
posted by pecanpies at 5:06 PM PST - 17 comments

Looking for foreign language dictionaries.

Need help compiling a list of monolingual dictionaries. [more inside]
posted by RavinDave at 4:53 PM PST - 12 comments

Independent Contractor, or Not?

Supposedly I'm an Independent Contractor. But I never signed a contract. [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze at 4:39 PM PST - 17 comments

Help a Flash Newbie

I am a complete Flash newbie who has been asked to add some linkable images to a website. [more inside]
posted by errspy at 4:35 PM PST - 9 comments

I want to listen to records, but I'm just not ready for that kind of commitment.

I've got a year left of college and am going to be moving at least four or five times during the course of that year. I want to buy a turntable so that I can listen to some records I've bought over the course of this very same year, but I don't want something that'll weigh me down too much when I move. Does such a device exist? [more inside]
posted by ewingpatriarch at 3:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Let's do this right, shall we?

I want to get a story on This American Life. I would like some help. [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 3:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Beeps in a movie seen at the cinema. Why?

Are movie studios inserting beeps into movies shown at cinemas to spot which cinemas have lax security? [more inside]
posted by slater at 3:09 PM PST - 18 comments

You say Kumar, I say Saudi Arabia?

What explains the use of real or fake country names in the West Wing series? I've been watching reruns and can't identify a logic to it. Rather than chat, is there someone out there who actually knows what was going on?
posted by B-squared at 3:01 PM PST - 11 comments

place to stay near blue hill at stone barns?

Looking for hotel or B&B to stay in near Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurant. Just on night, midweek. (Pocantico Hills, New York) [more inside]
posted by davidvan at 3:01 PM PST - 1 comment

Please suggest some tunes for me to learn to play

What 5-25 songs should I learn that will be most likely to come in handy at bluegrass/old-time music jams? [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 2:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Morgantown WV... what is this tower like thing that I see on my commute every day

Morgantown WV Land mark Question.. Driving on I-79 North toward the Westover exit across the horizon you can see a white tower with a Red Band in the distance. Its to the right but much further away than the Coliseum. Any idea what it is? [more inside]
posted by jmsta at 2:31 PM PST - 3 comments

Is Protestant considered a derogatory label?

Is the name/label "Protestant" generally considered derogatory by non-Catholic/non-Eastern Rite Christians? [more inside]
posted by snachodog at 2:26 PM PST - 45 comments

Main log files for linux & Mac OSX

What are the main logs for understanding what the Unix (Linux and Mac OS X) systems are doing? Which log files are important for system administration?
posted by tahirh at 2:04 PM PST - 6 comments

This isn't going to help the trade-in value.

How do I get cat pee out of my car's upholstery? Took my male (neutered) cat to the vet today, stupidly put him on the seat in his carrier instead of the floor. He peed in terror right out the mesh back, and now my car stinks all to hell. [more inside]
posted by emjaybee at 12:46 PM PST - 23 comments

Mentor Me To Improve The Lives of Others, Hivemind!

Help For A Newbie Charity Campaign Coordinator? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 11:34 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me ID this song!

What's the name of this possibly 1970s adult contemporary FM radio hit? [more inside]
posted by judomadonna at 11:26 AM PST - 5 comments

norwegian present search

Troll Calendars... Who knows what? I was in Honningsvaag, Norway about a month ago and saw a lovely, but very overpriced wall calendar featuring semi-photo-realisitc (think dinotopia) pictures of trolls frolicking and sneaking about Norway. I realized just recently that this would be a perfect present for a friend, but I didn't take a name, picture, or anything. Google and Amazon fu aren't helping me, but I don't sepak Norwegian.
posted by seansbrain at 11:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Wireless Network Lag

What are some ways I can improve latency over a wireless network? [more inside]
posted by bobertdude at 11:18 AM PST - 12 comments

certified hug specialist needs tools

I'm building a bit of performance art that involves testing people for their hug level. I need some kind of funky device that I can use to 'test' people for this. [more inside]
posted by diode at 11:12 AM PST - 9 comments

How to turn off Excel's 'Snap to Cell' when scrolling?!

Excel 2007 - How do I stop the scrolling function from jumping to the top/bottom of a cell? This happens using the mouse scroll wheel, when clicking the scroll wheel and moving the mouse (free scroll type of thing), and when using the scroll bars onscreen. [more inside]
posted by Merlin144 at 11:08 AM PST - 3 comments

Letter Wallet Envelope

Looking for the brand name of a wallet that was featured in glossy high fashion magazines such as Vogue probably over a year ago. Basically a wallet/pouch made of leather with gold printing of either a postcard, letter, or mailing address on the outside of the wallet/pouch thing. [more inside]
posted by Jimmie at 10:46 AM PST - 3 comments

dress to impress... nerds

where can I get a handkerchief and/or bowtie the color of MeFi links in New York City TODAY?
posted by Jon_Evil at 10:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Spammers III: The Takeover

I have a Wordpress site. In spidering the site, and coming up with the little synopsis underneath the title, Google, Bing and Yahoo all believe that it's not a personal Web site but a spammy list of prescription drugs for sale. I don't understand why. [more inside]
posted by Kirklander at 9:46 AM PST - 12 comments

Civilizatin IV multiplayer LAN help

Any Civ IV players out there? I accidently started a LAN game and two players are on a team. Is there any wayt to cancel this team?
posted by zzazazz at 8:49 AM PST - 2 comments

Weekly rental in Palo Alto - Menlo Park

I'm house hunting in the Palo Alto - Menlo Park area, and looking for a reasonably nice (not a motel) rental (on a week x week basis)...any suggestions?
posted by shoe478 at 8:39 AM PST - 4 comments

Scared strapless

How can I be less self-conscious in a strapless dress? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten at 8:39 AM PST - 32 comments

How to get into health and fitness industry

I am interested to hear about opinions about the health and wellness industry and potential jobs. I have been in corp. america for almost 10 years and tired of the inability to help and make a difference in peoples lives. [more inside]
posted by ecco21 at 7:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Cat poops on rugs. WTF?

Cat has started pooping on the rugs. WTF? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 7:19 AM PST - 19 comments

Suggestions needed for great narrative nonfiction reading!

Please recommend your favorite "behind the scenes" nonfiction books! [more inside]
posted by bookmammal at 6:19 AM PST - 48 comments

How do I protect my iPhone app idea

How do I go about protecting my idea when I approach a developer about coding an iPhone app? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 5:42 AM PST - 18 comments

Dogs domestication and cats

Long time since I owned a dog. This is a two parter. First, is crate training the norm? Second, advise on breed that will fit in with two cats. [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 5:28 AM PST - 21 comments

Suggestions for shy/anxious lurkers at meetups?

Where can I find, order and purchase, by this evening, a T-shirt that says "Lurker" in big white letters? (Or would that be a bad idea?) Alternatively: please help me find ways to minimize or avoid social anxiety awkwardness at the PDX meetup. [more inside]
posted by Two unicycles and some duct tape at 4:49 AM PST - 28 comments

Help ease the boob pain

I woke up in the night with terrible pain in my breast, and it was full and firm, so I nursed on that side, (twice now during the night), with no relief. The pain seems to be more on one side. [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody at 4:47 AM PST - 23 comments

Where to cut a rug in London?

I love dancing, but loathe the typical club scene. Where can I go to have a great night out in London? [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island at 4:13 AM PST - 5 comments

GrossFilter: Sometimes when I talk for long periods or get really mad, I get this buildup around my lips and eyes.. which I discover afterwards and feel embarrassed that all that time I had shit growing on my face.

GrossFilter: Sometimes when I talk for long periods or get really mad, I get this buildup around my lips and eyes.. which I discover afterwards and feel embarrassed that all that time I had shit growing on my face. [more inside]
posted by In Heaven at 2:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Is he interested?

So, there’s this guy.. Or more appropriately there has been this guy for quite some time who has always been kind, good, and possibly interested in me? I had my girl-oblivious blinders on up until now. Is he shy or just not interested in me? [more inside]
posted by somersault at 2:14 AM PST - 21 comments

Moving to a new city - what iPhone apps will help me get situated?

I'm moving to a mid-sized midwest city that has a decent cultural life. I'd like to be able to jump into life there - what iPhone apps can help me with this? Finding new restaurants, coffee shops, nice little stores, etc... I never paid attention to those sorts of apps before because I know where I live now inside and out. UrbanSpoon is obvious enough.. but what other apps really help you get to know an area and the cool places there.
posted by Gideon at 12:26 AM PST - 2 comments

July 17

Bands similiar to The Cardigans?

What bands are similiar to The Cardigans? I'm talking about their older stuff (late 90's). [more inside]
posted by pdx87 at 11:58 PM PST - 34 comments

Advice on Someone Interested in a Programming Career?

As someone who is in their mid-thirties, what are some realistic alternatives for me if I want to learn and eventually get a career in programming? [more inside]
posted by thisperon at 11:58 PM PST - 23 comments

Split desktop on two monitors

Help me setup a dual-monitor XP desktop at work with minimum fuss/cost. [more inside]
posted by forwebsites at 11:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Where do you dance if you missed the Electric Daisy Carnival?

Is there a rave subculture, and how can I get in on it? [more inside]
posted by theiconoclast31 at 11:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Calculate daily KW usage?

If I know my current power usage, how do I calculate my daily kw? [more inside]
posted by matholio at 10:35 PM PST - 12 comments

Loopy curvy deliciousness

Does the intersection of a torus and a gravity-bent plane always result in a bezier curve? [more inside]
posted by yesster at 10:00 PM PST - 14 comments

OneNote 2007 MIA

I have lost my OneNote 2007 OPK CD - I have the case but not the image and I need it for a computer that I am fixing / restoring for a friend. [more inside]
posted by chairish at 9:38 PM PST - 3 comments

Taking Advantage of an Empty Room

My old roommate has moved out and the new one doesn't move in for a few weeks. My living room is practically empty and it occurred to me I should take advantage of this. What kind of party (or anything) could I throw to take advantage of this that I couldn't otherwise. No foam parties; research indicates that's a bad idea.
posted by defben at 9:17 PM PST - 16 comments

Looking for a hotel in Washington, D.C.

Looking for a reasonably priced hotel in Washington, D.C. for a trip we are planning to take this August. Any thoughts on the possibility of commuting downtown from the burbs each day to visit the sites?
posted by mwark at 8:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Please help with an easy Filemaker problem!

How do you create repeating fields in Filemaker so that I can organize my karaoke songs by disc instead of by artist? [more inside]
posted by smersh at 8:38 PM PST - 4 comments

ISO waterproof luggage

Looking for a set of waterproof luggage, suitable for Central America, but not a backpack. Help? [more inside]
posted by SuperNova at 7:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Do Europeans Mail-in Rebates?

Outside of North America, how common are rebates? [more inside]
posted by unmake at 7:43 PM PST - 25 comments

Reasonably-priced insurance for hearing aids

I'm seeking insurance for my hearing aids that won't bankrupt me. [more inside]
posted by psc1860 at 7:35 PM PST - 1 comment

Unexplained breast pain

I had a particularly painful mammogram in January. There were no problems with the results, but after a few days I started having pain under my right breast. I thought it was a soft tissue injury, but it won't go away. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 7:30 PM PST - 4 comments

May I help you? Please?

Thankfully I have a job. However it was a job gotten at a time that I just needed a side job because I was planning to go to grad school. Grad school didn't work out 2 years in a row so now it's time to move on. I don't know where to start in my new location based on my previous real life work experience... [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 7:30 PM PST - 9 comments

avant garde theatre

Im looking for sites showing videos of avant garde,fringe performances. YouTube is OK. Thanks
posted by Palmerpoodles at 7:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Gmail last reply by feature?

Is there any hack/extension/userscript/filter that can put a "last reply by" in Gmail? [more inside]
posted by melissam at 6:50 PM PST - 1 comment

I'm not Jarod, but I wanna live like him.

My superpower is the ability to rapidly attain competency in skills and processes with an absolute minimum of instruction or oversight, with an additional secondary power of optimizing processes. My kryptonite is doing the same thing twice. For what careers might I be perfect? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 6:40 PM PST - 22 comments

How to get fly-paper glue out of your hair.

Seriously... my wife accidentally walked into a hanging roll of fly-paper, and has fly-paper glue all in her hair. I had to remove the roll from her hair, and I can't even get the glue of my hands. But, worse, she can't get the glue out of her hair. Shampoo, soap and washing-up liquid have so far failed. Thoughts, oh, hive mind. And, no, it's not funny... (bites tongue)
posted by blue_wardrobe at 6:21 PM PST - 17 comments

Zipcar-like companies in Belfast, Ireland?

Is there a Zipcar-like service in Belfast, Ireland? [more inside]
posted by aelish at 5:46 PM PST - 1 comment

I've just seen a face. I can't forget the time or place...

What if someone had a proven, uncanny ability to recognize people even if they're in disguise. Is there any way to make money with such a skill?
posted by wsg at 5:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Fun and cheap in San Francisco

What's fun for me and my 3.5 year old daughter to do in San Francisco and San Jose from July 22 to July 27 for cheap? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing at 5:18 PM PST - 14 comments

iPhone website design ideas for a hierarchical site?

iPhone website design ideas for a hierarchical site? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 5:15 PM PST - 6 comments

What song repeats "bailando" over and over?

I'm looking for a song I heard in Costa Rica during the summer of 2007. I think it was raggaeton in style and repeated the word "bailando" over and over. [more inside]
posted by pyrom at 5:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Is there a secret furniture district or similar somewhere in Los Angeles?

Where to get a great deal on new furniture in Los Angeles (Not Ikea)? Is there a furniture district or something? Surely there must be great deals to be had in some sort of industrial part of town or something, and not just Ikea, Plummer's, garage/estate sales, and Craigslist, right? [more inside]
posted by The World Famous at 3:42 PM PST - 19 comments

Will closing all but one vent in an apartment with central air cause leaks in the duct work?

Will closing all but one vent in an apartment with central air cause leaks in the duct work (I mean, there are flaps on the vents for a reason, right?)? [more inside]
posted by weakcore at 3:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for reasonably priced Chicago hotel.

Looking for a reasonably priced Chicago hotel within walking distance to the L. (At most $125 per night) [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 3:25 PM PST - 17 comments

Gigantor Needs Commuter Bike

I'm huge. I want to get a commuter bike. What's a good one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:13 PM PST - 20 comments

Some guy moving in Japan

I have a working working holiday visa, ready to move in Japan in just a few months. I have no plans of where to stay or where to work whatsoever. Am I crazy? [more inside]
posted by remi at 1:41 PM PST - 25 comments

I saw mommy kissing an alcoholic neanderthal...

I am deeply concerned for my mother, and hate her boyfriend. [more inside]
posted by kaseijin at 1:25 PM PST - 27 comments

Seeking NYC Insider Entertainment Info

Touristing in NYC this October. Among other stuff I want to do, I would love to see something at the four venues listed below. [more inside]
posted by Danf at 1:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Relationship advice needed

Who am I? Should I leave my lover? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:19 PM PST - 29 comments

please tell there is an alternative to Future Shop...

Anyone know where I can get an HDMI cable in Montreal for under $30? [more inside]
posted by hector horace at 1:10 PM PST - 8 comments

XP Pro x64 SP2 non-responsive on the domain

Windows XP Pro x64 SP2 on hp dv4-1430us loads and run's slow on the domain but not when I log on locally. [more inside]
posted by the_binary_blues at 12:51 PM PST - 4 comments

mechanic for a big van in Toronto needed!

Can anyone recommend an auto-mechanic in downtown Toronto that will have the facilities to service a Dodge Ram class b motorhome? It is a campervan that is the size of a regular van but with a higher roof. [more inside]
posted by beccyjoe at 12:50 PM PST - 2 comments

Can I live nextdoor after a divorce?

Divorce is a possibility...how close can I really live after the split? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:49 PM PST - 27 comments

Clear skin in the Emerald City.

Can you recommend a dermatologist in Seattle who is likely to prescribe Accutane when I ask for it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Am I overreacting to this creepy guy who keeps trying to meet my wife and her friends?

Am I overreacting to this creepy guy who keeps trying to meet my wife and her friends? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:48 PM PST - 75 comments

What's the best way to store my audio cassette storage cases?

I have several thousand audio cassettes. They're all stored nicely in 100-slot Napa Valley wooden cases, but the problem is storing those cases. Help me come up with a creative way to store 20-30 of these beasts in a way that maximizes space but also keeps each case accessible. [more inside]
posted by laze at 12:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Can debt collectors not disclose their identity when calling to harass relatives of a debtor?

Do debt collection agencies have to identify themselves as such when calling relatives of the debtor? [more inside]
posted by ishotjr at 12:24 PM PST - 11 comments

Can I do this in Excel and/or Access? Explained inside

Can I do this in Excel and/or Access? 'This' is a bit complicated so it's explained inside. [more inside]
posted by nooneyouknow at 12:13 PM PST - 13 comments

Assuming that I believe that the U.S. economy will not recover in the near future, what's a relatively simple way to make a bet that would profit from my belief?

Assuming that I believe that the U.S. economy will not recover in the near future, what's a relatively simple way to make a bet that would profit from my belief? [more inside]
posted by realpseudonym at 12:08 PM PST - 18 comments

What did you wish you knew going into your first triathlon?

What did you wish you knew going into your first triathlon? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 11:55 AM PST - 25 comments

Voice-to-Speech Solutions?

I need to get some more writing done for the business I am trying to start. I spend a lot of time walking and driving so I have been thinking that a voice-activated voice recorder that creates WMA files might be useful. But choosing a digital recorder is not what I need help with. I am seeking recommendations for voice-to-speech software that can convert the voice files into text. I know that these programs are not completely accurate but I don't mind doing some editing. But I don't want to have to load a lot of software and click on a lot of prompts just to convert 5 to 15 minutes of audio each day. [more inside]
posted by 14580 at 11:32 AM PST - 4 comments

trashcan sinatra

What crazy looking instruments can i build with a minimum of skill + resources and a maximum of WTF. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:29 AM PST - 35 comments

Webhost changes security settings on server and breaks Joomla

A webhost my company uses just changed the security settings and now Joomla no longer works correctly. Are these new security settings industry standard and what should I do? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe at 11:27 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I pronounce these names?

I've just got a hold of my class lists for next year and there are a few names that I'm not sure how to pronounce. [more inside]
posted by alby at 11:23 AM PST - 30 comments

Is the University of Phoenix acceptable?

How credible is the University of Phoenix online? [more inside]
posted by HenryGale at 11:20 AM PST - 20 comments

How to improve my workouts while visiting family?

What's the best way to take my workout routine to the next level while spending ten days with my family? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi at 10:54 AM PST - 5 comments

self medicating with Mexican food

My previously dormant love of guacamole has recently been reawakened. I. CAN'T. GET. ENOUGH. But what to do with it beside slathering on tortilla chips and burritos (and, ok, I admit, sometimes a spoon)? Any suggestions and recipes would be appreciated.
posted by nuclear_soup at 10:52 AM PST - 39 comments

Catalogging software for TV station?

Please help me find a software program that will maintain an inventory and checkout process for a public TV station. [more inside]
posted by miltoncat at 10:51 AM PST - 1 comment

Craigslist Cart Race for Dummies

In a nod to the Depression-days of yore, a group of us are holding an unofficial soapbox derby this summer, with cars that are made from items we’ve scrounged from cheap/free places. It will be a ton of fun. However, I am mechanically inept. [more inside]
posted by paisley sheep at 10:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Dr Whoseum?

Where can I see Dr. Who stuff in or around London? [more inside]
posted by Gortuk at 10:18 AM PST - 8 comments

fever with torn ligaments

is it common to have a fever with torn ligaments? I had a bike accident three days ago and for some ligaments in my arm pretty badly. I took Vicodin and ibuprofen for the first few days but now I'm just taking ibuprofen. I was just about to take my next dosage, when i decided to take my temperature. It's 100.1. I don't feel feverish or weird. Could this just be the inflammation and/or healing process? It's also pretty hot in the apartment. You're not my doctor, but any insights are much appreciated.
posted by Morpeth at 10:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Seeking best community-driven websites

Looking for examples of websites that engage/inform/empower the communities and readers they serve. Examples include barackobama.com, greenforall.org and (in terms of content, not presentation/interface) this site for the UK Improvement and Development Agency. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 9:52 AM PST - 2 comments

Source of rising locomotive sound?

What is the MMM MMM!sound an idling locomotive makes every few minutes? [more inside]
posted by Mapes at 9:51 AM PST - 8 comments

How to split a restaurant bill fairly?

Going out for a meal with co-workers tonight. About 3 of us are vegetarians and the other 12 are not - they're going to be ordering steaks. Steaks cost at least £25 while vegetarian main courses cost £8. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 9:26 AM PST - 45 comments

Quack quack, woof woof.

Does swimming dog + smartass ducks = lost dog? [more inside]
posted by txvtchick at 9:09 AM PST - 12 comments

Need recommendations to learn simple Wordpress to modify an existing webpage.

I Need help with (I hope) simple Wordpress to modify an existing Wordpress webpage Seeking recommendations of (youtube?) tutorials, basic manuals, etc. I have 30 years of varied computer experience, but none with creating/maintaining web page content. And didn't want any. A friend and I have inherited that task from our webmaster and I don't understand the mindset and terminology of pages, posts, categories. I need to rearrange the home page , adding some pages and changing the layout, add photos (linked to (apparently) pages, in a changing display, etc etc. googling wordpress tutorial free gives lots of possibilities. I think we will set up a blog one of these days, but most important is to modify the web pages. I need some basics. Is a blog a subset of a web page, or vice versa, or is it all the same? Any help will be appreciated. I found the following in the archives, but still appreciate help. [more inside]
posted by judybxxx at 8:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me start my jeep

Help me start my car engine. Or at least understand why it won't start. [more inside]
posted by ook at 8:56 AM PST - 32 comments

What "green job" can I get with these plant science degrees?

I have a BS in Horticulture (UGA) and will soon have an MS in Crop Science (NCSU). I've spent most of my life in school and now I'm nearing the end and need to know: What kind of jobs can these degrees help me get? [more inside]
posted by bengarland at 8:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Baby making music

songfilter: I heard the fragment of a song years ago and it is a long shot. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 8:30 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I find out how much I'm worth?

How can I find out how much I'm worth for negotiating with recruitment agencies? [more inside]
posted by Flying Squirrel at 8:28 AM PST - 7 comments

The discovery of... Upper Silesia?

Having devoured "The Discovery of France", where should I look next? [more inside]
posted by doiheartwentyone at 8:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Showing the "Fam" where I came from

Next week I am taking my family to my hometown - the place where I was born and raised - for the first time. If you were in this situation, what things and/or places that you would want to show them? [more inside]
posted by doh ray mii at 7:57 AM PST - 18 comments

What are the real odds of being killed by lightning, if you are outside in a field during a storm?

What are the real odds of being killed by lightning, if you are outside in a field during a storm (i.e. factoring OUT all the people smart enough to stay inside)? [more inside]
posted by Jim Biancolo at 7:54 AM PST - 19 comments

Where can I find the educational film called "Everybody Works"?

Where can I find the educational film called "Everybody Works" (I think that's the name)? Preferably a clip on the Internet or a place to order it on-line. [more inside]
posted by bertrandom at 7:51 AM PST - 3 comments

SQL query problem

I need to write a query that will return the largest value of one column for each unique value in another column. Example included. [more inside]
posted by davcoo at 7:35 AM PST - 2 comments

You are now old enough to....?

Make the birthday cards I send to other people more interesting. What kind of cool, random stuff are you legally old enough to do at different ages? [more inside]
posted by marmaduke_yaverland at 6:38 AM PST - 20 comments

New England Car Needed

I'm moving to the Upper Valley of New Hampshire in a month and need to buy a car for the first time. Help me choose the right one. [more inside]
posted by billtron at 6:07 AM PST - 19 comments

wherever i park my ass

I'm aching today from four days spent in a bad chair at my job. I need to find a chair I can work in. [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 6:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Apollo HD

Where on the internets can I find HD raw footage of the Apollo programme? (for free) [more inside]
posted by run"monty at 6:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Not just looking for a university

I am considering the City on the Hill, i.e., an independent municipality of working thinkers with heavy access and participation in city life, politics, and education. Is there a difference in the terms "Intellectual Center" and "City on the Hill"? What are some historical examples of a City on the Hill that are lowland cities? if you believe there is a distinction in terms: What are some modern examples of a City on the Hill and what are only Intellectual Centers?
posted by parmanparman at 5:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Sex ed books for 14-year-old girl (USA)?

Sex ed books for 14-year-old girl (USA)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:50 AM PST - 24 comments

Recent graduate dating in DC

I get the impression that DC is not a great dating town for young 20-something college graduates. Am I totally off base? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:50 AM PST - 17 comments

Hepatitis C diagnosis, how to help?

A friend has been diagnosed with Hepatitis C. How can I help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Yoshimi Battles the Pre Teens.

Mixtape filter! Help me put together the best mix tape for my nieces, 11 & 8. [more inside]
posted by arha at 4:01 AM PST - 42 comments

Running "through" orthotic adjustment... or not?

Hi everyone Would welcome some advice / shared experiences please. Feb/March got an 8mm orthotic in my left shoe to finally deal with uneven leg length Orthopedic Hosp orthotic chap said I "may find it a little tiring, maybe a little discomfort", well I was in pain for a bit, mainly left calf and right knee. Started back running and all fine but as I train for my half-marathon and step up the pace/intensity/length (don't worry - not all at the same time, am doing sensible training plan) I'm getting some twinging in my left calf. [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee at 3:26 AM PST - 1 comment


I'm looking for a video of an Italian vespa commercial from the early 60s (probably aired on the show Carosello), which featured the scooters driven by the boys and all the girls sitting side-saddle behind them. It had snappy music that was punctuated every few seconds by the single lyric "Ves-PA!" (The commercial I'm looking for isn't this one... It was instead made earlier and the kids should be dressed more formally.) Can you help me find it?? Thanks!!
posted by Misciel at 1:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Careers about making life simple

What are some careers that involve making life simpler? [more inside]
posted by NeoLeo at 12:50 AM PST - 11 comments

Trying to find a documentary about whirlpools

I am trying to hunt down a documentary I saw around 5-10 years ago which was all about whirlpools and maelstroms. [more inside]
posted by tomble at 12:42 AM PST - 2 comments

Need advice on WV New River/Gauley trip on a budget

We would like to plan a family trip (myself, husband, 15 & 18 yo athletic teens) to the New River/Gauley in WV & would like some recommendations about which river, which outfitter, and lodging recommendations. [more inside]
posted by caroljean63 at 12:05 AM PST - 4 comments

July 16

PC Remote?

What is the cheapest remote control option for our pcs? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 11:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Is this exercise plan insane or just ambitious?

After a somewhat less than satisfactory personal training session, I've decided to go it alone, but I'd like to check with others who've tried a similar plan first. Much more detail inside. [more inside]
posted by Merzbau at 10:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Can a Male have Multiple Orgasms?

Possibly NSFW question about male masturbation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:55 PM PST - 14 comments

Do I spend too much time online at work?

How much time do you spend online at work? Am I spending too much time online? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:55 PM PST - 29 comments

What are the best places to talk about China online in English?

What are the best places to talk about China online in English? [more inside]
posted by Mummy of a Lady Named Jemutesonekh at 9:48 PM PST - 2 comments

Where should I learn Russian and travel to in Russia/Central Asia, etc

studying russian abroad/traveling in russi